Hepatitis A in the News throughout the country

In March 2017 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared the multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A. Since then, at least 1,200 cases have been reported, and more than 40 people have died of hepatitis A, the highly contagious liver infection. The CDC is no longer posting information on a regular basis, instead of leaving outbreak updates to individual states. Few headlines include: “KY hepatitis A outbreak kills 3 people, hospitalizes hundreds” “20th death reported in San Diego’s hepatitis A outbreak” “Michigan posts 25th hepatitis A death.” On May 4, the Indiana State Department of Health posted an outbreak update reporting 91 confirmed cases, with a 48 percent hospitalization rate. Hepatitis A is most commonly spread when a person eats or drinks something contaminated with microscopic traces of fecal matter from an infected person. @ http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2018/05/hepatitis-a-outbreak-definitely-involves-mainstream-population/#.WvC8QYgvyM8
Hepatitis A outbreak definitely involves mainstream population | Food Safety News

Editor’s note: This is the main story of a two-piece news package we are presenting today. The companion story includes additional information about Hepatitis A and a state-by-state breakdown of Hepatitis A cases. Most case counts in both stories are as of April 30. However, some of the main outbreak states have since updated their counts,… Continue Reading

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