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09 Dec 2018 | 11:03 PM UTC

US: Hepatitis A outbreak continues in West Virginia as of early December /update 2

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Health officials report more than 2000 cases of hepatitis A in West Virginia as of early December

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/7/2018, 12:00 AM until 1/15/2019, 11:59 PM (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION West Virginia

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Health officials have reported over 2000 cases of hepatitis A in West Virginia as of Friday, December 7, including five fatalities related to the disease. Of those, 1035 cases have required hospitalization. The outbreak is most prevalent in Kanawha county, including Charleston, along with Cabell and Wood counties. Further spread of the disease is to be expected over the near term.


Hepatitis A is transmitted via food and water that has been contaminated by human fecal material containing the virus. The incubation period is between 15 and 50 days. In approximately 90 percent of cases the infected person presents no symptoms. In cases where symptoms are present the patient may display flu-like symptoms, long-term fatigue (lasting weeks or months), headaches, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, hives, and muscle and joint pain. In some cases the individual may complain of discomfort in the upper right portion of the abdomen (liver). A gradual yellowing of the skin may also be observed, which can last up to a month. Given that symptoms of Hepatitis A are rare and easily confused with other illnesses, a doctor should be consulted in order to obtain an accurate diagnosis.


Individuals in or considering travel to the area are advised to contact their medical provider regarding vaccination. To reduce exposure to the virus, exercise proper personal hygiene and food sanitation measures: wash hands regularly, do not drink tap water, and eat only thoroughly cooked foods.


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