The Mississippi State Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A virus infections in Mississippi. Since April 2019, there has been marked and sustained transmission of hepatitis A in the state. This recent sharp increase follows a national trend of hepatitis A spread, as well as recent increases in neighboring states.
The outbreak in Mississippi is mainly affecting certain high-risk groups:
The Mississippi State Department of health strongly recommends that people in these high-risk groups be vaccinated against hepatitis A.
Since April 1, 2019
Hepatitis A is a viral disease of the liver transmitted by close personal contact, including sexual contact, or consumption of food or water contaminated by an infected person. Hepatitis A causes fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice for up to two months of infection. Vaccination is the best protection against hepatitis A infection.
Hepatitis A infection spreads from an infected person to other by personal contact or contact with objects or food they handle:
Vaccination is the best way to prevent hepatitis A virus infection. Hepatitis A vaccination is strongly recommended for persons at higher risk in the current outbreak:
In addition, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) also recommends routine hepatitis A vaccination for the following people:
Hepatitis A vaccine can be obtained through your healthcare provider or pharmacist. If you are uninsured or underinsured, vaccination is available through any county health department.
|Advisory: 2019 Hepatitis A Outbreak in Mississippi||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,8451,386,pdf/MSHAN-20190802-00149-ADV_HepA.pdf|
|County health department locations||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/19,0,166,html|
|Hepatitis A information from the CDC||https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/index.htm|
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