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Deshout County sees three recent cases of hepatitis A



Microscopic image of hepatitis A virus, taken from US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

BEND, Ore. ̵

1; Municipal health officials at Deschutes confirmed on Wednesday three recent, closely related cases of hepatitis A, the first cases of viral disease reported in the county for more than a year. Heather Kaysner said two of the cases were reported in April and a third last week, all with the participation of adults who have experienced "home instability." No one has used exposures in restaurants or schools, she added. report last year about the disease that spreads through contact with other people in poor health and only five cases over the previous four years.

She noted that the hepatitis A vaccine introduced more than 20 years ago has led to a drop in the outbreaks, largely after Oregon and other countries require immunization for public school students.

Kaisner said they had notified all known close contacts during their investigation. Disease is usually spread by someone who swallows something contaminated by the stools of an infected person. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, dark urine, joint pain, and jaundice. Most people recover fully under treatment, although there may be problems, especially for those who are already in poor health. Further information:

Although officials believe the recent number of cases may have occurred, Kaisner said the county has acquired more hepatitis A vaccine from the state and will offer it in places that help the homeless.

More information: https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/pdfs/hepageneralfactsheet.pdf


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