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…

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…

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.

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“That’s an increase in…

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 …

Nearly 200 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in Louisville, KY, since November 2017, so local health officials are offering $25 vaccines to restaurant and foodservice workers in an attempt to curb the outbreak.

The initiative was launched this week by the Department of Public Health and Wellness in partnership with the University of…

With a unanimous vote, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is recommending that anyone over the age of 12 months, who hasn’t been vaccinated for hepatitis A, should receive the vaccine after the fact if they are exposed to the highly contagious virus.

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Post-exposure immune globulin should be…

Hepatitis A is a communicable disease that often spreads from person to person. Person-to-person transmission occurs via the “fecal-oral route,” while all other exposure is generally attributable to contaminated food or water. Food-related outbreaks are usually associated with contamination of food during preparation by a hepatitis A – infected food handler. The food handler is…

Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) has confirmed a second case of Hepatitis A in an individual who works at a local restaurant. MCHD is providing information to alert residents and guests to the possible exposure and to recommend prompt Hepatitis A vaccination or Immune Globulin (IG) treatment to potentially exposed individuals.

The diagnosed individual works

While continuing to urge customers of a restaurant in New York’s Westchester County to seek post-exposure treatment for Hepatitis A, county officials declared they “feel very confident that’s it’s safe to eat at bartaco.”

Four people who ate at the restaurant have been confirmed with Hepatitis A infections. Post-exposure treatment campaigns are underway in New…

Officials in Erie County, NY, announced Sunday that two precautionary public health clinics are being held in response to a recent confirmed case of Hepatitis A in a restaurant worker at Casa-di-Pizza in Buffalo, NY. The purpose of the clinics is to prevent infection to anyone who may have been exposed. http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-person-receiving-vaccine-close-up-vaccination-protection-image34491574 “Dine-in patrons of Casa-di-Pizza…

A vaccine to protect against Campylobacter jejuni was recently approved for human clinical trials by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Campylobacter is a major cause of bacterial diarrhea worldwide — estimated to be the cause of 4-15 percent of cases. It’s a problem in both developed and developing countries and is associated with unpasteurized…