Take precautions against Hepatitis A before you travel, IN health officials say

  • Take precautions against Hepatitis A before you travel, IN health officials say

Take precautions against Hepatitis A before you travel, IN health officials say

Tri-State residents concerned about the outbreak can attend a free seminar to learn more about the virus and how it spreads.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV).

IN health officials are urging residents who plan on traveling to Kentucky or MI to get Hepatitis A vaccines as an outbreak of the virus in the states leads to a mounting death toll ahead of the summer travel season.

Between August 2017 and April 7, Kentucky has had more than 300 cases of Hepatitis A and of those 300 cases, about 86 have been genetically linked to outbreaks that occurred in California and Utah, Ray said.

MI has the largest outbreak in the country - which includes 25 deaths.

Hepatitis A is most commonly associated with illicit drug use and homelessness. Some of the symptoms include: low-grade fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, clay-colored stool, dark urine and abdominal pain.

"Hepatitis A is usually a mild virus".

"It has really kind of prompted everybody to go in", he said. However, anyone who may be at risk, especially food handlers in schools, hospitals, restaurants, correctional institutions and other facilities that serve large numbers of people, is urged to get vaccinated. "The last few weeks, we've had a lot of people come in". It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water.

"About 2-to-3 percent of people, so 2-to-3 out of 100 people who get hepatitis A will actually die from it, on average", said Dr. Lori Caloia, medical director of the Metro Department of Health and Wellness. Hepatitis A is a self-limited disease that does not result in chronic infection.

"If we have someone who is in food service who has infectious diarrhea, we do not want those individuals to work".

"Any care would be supportive care", she said, adding those who already have a liver condition can experience significant problems by contracting the virus.

"The Hepatitis A vaccination is often covered by insurance plans".

If you think you may have Hepatitis A, or may have been exposed, officials say to see your healthcare provider right away.