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Hepatitis A outbreak in Jackson County

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Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2018 3:36 pm

The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating an increase in Hepatitis A cases in Jackson County.

 The department said the outbreak may have spread to surrounding counties.

Persons at highest risk for Hepatitis A include users of illegal substances, homeless persons and men with same sex partners. Other persons also may become infected with the virus.

“We are in the early stages of this investigation, but we need to make sure everyone knows the importance of getting vaccinated and taking health precautions including good hand-washing,” said Medical Officer Dr. Karen Landers.

Hepatitis A can spread easily among unvaccinated persons if good hand-washing practices are not observed. The state health department emphasizes that individuals who may be experiencing homelessness, using recreational drugs, sharing drugs or drug paraphernalia, having spent time in jail or prison, or men with same sex partners need to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A.

After being exposed to someone sick with Hepatitis A, symptoms may not appear until 15-50 days later. Symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, dark urine or jaundice.

If persons are experience any of these symptoms, they should contact their healthcare provider and take steps to prevent spreading illness.

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1 comment:

  • Elizabethan72 posted at 12:39 am on Thu, Dec 27, 2018.

    Elizabethan72 Posts: 1

    After trying multiple times to comment here and being flagged for profanity, I moved my comment to your Facebook page. FYI, I used the same language used in your article.

     

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