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Health District declares acute hepatitis A outbreak in Clark County

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed a significant increase in the number of acute hepatitis A cases in Clark County.

LIVE: Health District declares acute hepatitis A outbreak in Clark County. The health district is holding a news conference at 11:15 a.m.

Posted by 8 News Now on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Between Jan. 1 and May 31, there have been 37 reported acute hepatitis A cases, compared to 17 reported cases in 2018, no reported case in 2017, and six reported cases in 2016 during the same period. People who are at increased risk for infection of hepatitis A include people who use drugs and those experiencing homelessness.

“This current outbreak of hepatitis A in our community is an unfortunate but important reminder of why vaccines are vital to both our individual and community health,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District.

Of the 37 reported cases, 86 percent were people who used drugs, and 65 percent were among people experiencing homelessness.

Vaccination is the best prevention against hepatitis A. Practicing good hygiene can also help prevent the transmission of hepatitis A.

#HealthAlert: Our @SNHDinfo has declared an acute #Hepatitis A outbreak in #ClarkCounty. 37 cases though May 31 of 2019, compared to 17 in 2018 & none in 2017. People at increased risk for Hepatitis A include those who use drugs & the homeless. #Vegas.https://t.co/gLgnYcKyfV pic.twitter.com/XpE8F9KAfZ

— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) June 19, 2019

Wash hands thoroughly after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food. More information on hepatitis A is available on the Health District website. For up to date information on the nationwide Hepatitis A outbreak visit the CDC website.

The Health District is responding to this current outbreak in Clark County using information from recent cases to identify and notify hospitals that have treated an increased number of hepatitis cases; identifying further locations to target vaccinations; continuing its outreach and immunization efforts with its partners; and working with its health care partners to share information and recommendations about the outbreak.

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