Utah has made national news, with a Hepatitis A outbreak. Heres what you need to know.
- There is an increased risk to all residents, not just high-risk populations like the homeless or drug users.
- As of now, there have been no deaths related to the outbreak, but about 60% of those diagnosed have been hospitalized.
- Those with health risks are at a higher risk of contracting the virus.
- Salt Lake County is the center of the outbreak with 66 cases, there have also been 14 cases reported in Utah County.
- The hepatitis A vaccine is proven to be more than 99 percent effective in preventing the disease for over 20 years.
- Those most at risk of contracting the virus are homeless, or actively using drugs, or incarcerated.
- You can get Hepatitis A can by being in contact with even the smallest amounts of feces from an infected person
- Its mostly spread through contaminated food or drink, Or by not washing your hands after using the restroom.
How to prevent yourself from being infected? Wash your hands, and contact your Dr. to get the vaccine.