Hep A outbreak in the USA tops 30,000 cases

Five states have reported most of the cases in the hepatitis A (HAV) outbreak, now almost into its fourth year - Kentucky, Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. The outbreak total has climbed past 30,000 cases and more than 60% of those infected have required hospitalisation. As noted by the CDC, while Hep A is usually recognised as a food and water-borne infection, in the US it ‘is more commonly spread from person to person’ with infection rates and risk of complications highest among the homeless, people who use illicit drugs, MSM and those with chronic liver disease.  Read more.

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