The Ohio Department of Health has declared a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A. Clermont County is also seeing an increase in cases of hepatitis A. In addition to Ohio, outbreaks are occurring in Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Michigan.
Hepatitis A is a liver disease that can be prevented with a vaccine. Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person puts something in their mouth that is contaminated with the virus. If you eat food that is contaminated with microscopic amounts of fecal matter, from someone who has the virus, you can get sick.
If you get sick from hepatitis A the symptoms usually go away after a few weeks, but could last up to a few months.
People at higher risk for getting sick from Hepatitis A during this outbreak include:
Symptoms of Hepatitis A
What can you do?
1) Get vaccinated
If you think you are at high risk for hepatitis A infection, you can get a vaccine. Call your healthcare provider or your local health department. You can call Clermont County Public Health at 513-735-8400 to schedule an appointment for your vaccine.
2) Wash your hands
Washing your hands with soap and warm water after using the bathroom and before preparing or eating food can help stop the spread of hepatitis A.
For more information on hepatitis A, click here (CDC)
For more information on the outbreak in Ohio, click here (ODH).