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Alabama health officials monitor hepatitis A outbreak in Jackson County

They say the outbreak may have spread to surrounding counties.

Posted: Dec. 26, 2018 3:24 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVA) -- The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating an increase in hepatitis A cases in Jackson County, Ala.

They are also concerned the outbreak may have spread to surrounding counties.

Officials say those are highest risk are users of illegal drugs, homeless persons and men with same sex partners.

State Medical Officer Dr. Karen Landers say the investigation is in its early starges but their is an effective vaccine to reduce the risk of developing the disease.

The disease can spread to unvaccinated persons if good hand-washing practices are not followed.

People should also not share food, drinks, eating utensils, towels, toothbrushes, cigarettes or drug paraphenalia.

Anyone in the highest risk group are encouraged to get the vaccine.

People infected may not show symptoms of the illness for 15 to 50 days.

They include fever, headache, fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain and nausea.

For more information, visit http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/immunization/assets/hepatitisaflyer.pdfor contact the ADPH Immunization Division at (334) 206-5023 or toll free at 800-469-4599

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