The National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) says it is closely monitoring developments regarding reports of the spread of the hepatitis C virus in some areas of southern Libya at high rates, emphasizing that the reported spread rates are "far from reality."

In a statement, the centre stressed that it is working diligently to provide testing kits and treatments for carriers of this type of virus.

According to the NCDC, the virus can be cured and completely eradicated through a simple treatment program with orally administered medications, adding that it is the type of virus that does not exhibit rapid spread and transmission through everyday social contact.

The centre highlighted its efforts to eliminate hepatitis C in southern Libya by providing enough treatments for all cases within the annual work plan of the national program for combating viral hepatitis.