When we often speak of viruses in class, the infections we talk about occur mostly in other countries. If they do happen in the United States, it is often the effect of lack of vaccination. However, according to a recent report on promail.org, Hepatitis A has hit the United States.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Public Health has begun warning citizens about a Hepatitis A outbreak that started on November 2017 in Kentucky. As of September 8, 1701 people have turned up with Hepatitis A infection, 952 people have been sent to the hospital, and 14 people have died. Those who are mainly affected include drug users and homeless individuals. The virus has been passed from personal contact. It is thought that this outbreak has caused infections in Utah and California. The Jefferson county has had 603 infected individuals, the most of any Kentucky county.
Patients are being given supportive care. There is a vaccine for Hepatitis A. Symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, jaundice, and gray stool.
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