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CDC issues advisory on Hep A outbreaks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Health Alert Network Advisory this week regarding Hepatitis A infections amidst a multi-state outbreak. The CDC is monitoring vaccine supplies, which some state and local health officials say have been constrained. Outbreaks have been reported in California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Utah and West Virginia. The majority of… Continue Reading

Wyoming public health officials investigate Hep A outbreak

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) and the Casper-Natrona County Health Department continue to investigate a growing Natrona County Hepatitis A outbreak that began in October 2017. Since then, 14 cases have been confirmed among Natrona County residents, which is a significant increase over the usual total for the entire state of Wyoming. Before the outbreak… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A cases nearing 100 in WV; 3 out of 4 hospitalized

West Virginia has had 98 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A so far this year, with some of them caused by the same strain of the liver virus that has sickened people across the country. “That’s an increase in cases for West Virginia,” Beckley-Raleigh County Health Department Administrator Candance Hurd told the Register-Herald newspaper. “Some of… Continue Reading

Food source suspected in Hep A outbreak in six EU countries

More than 40 cases of Hepatitis A have been reported in six European Union countries, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDPC). The 42 cases across Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom are infected with one of two distinct Hepatitis A virus genotype IA strains. The cases… Continue Reading

Grand jury scolds county for response to Hepatitis A outbreak

San Diego’s recent Hepatitis A epidemic was mishandled by public health officials, according to a newly minted country grand jury report. It charges San Diego County’s Public Health Officer was slow to declare a public health emergency and the command structure during the outbreak was lacking. The 20-page report also speculates on the possibility that… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A outbreak definitely involves mainstream population

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

White Castle worker latest to expose Louisville to hepatitis A

Louisville, KY, residents are getting another in what’s been a series of public warnings about hepatitis A. This time, anyone who dined at a local White Castle restaurant between April 6 and April 20 is advised they might have been exposed to the virus and should get vaccinated. That’s because a White Castle employee who was… Continue Reading

Kentucky health officials respond aggressively to Hepatitis A

Public health officials in Kentucky are responding agressively to a Hepatitis A outbreak, and Dr. Jeffrey Howard, acting director of the state health department issued a statement Friday saying it’s still safe to travel to Kentucky. Howard mentioned the May 5 Kentucky Derby and urged people to come on down to Churchill Downs. “As you… Continue Reading