SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) – Ohio has logged more than 900 cases of hepatitis A this year among an outbreak around the state and some neighboring countries.
Springfield News-Sun reports Ohio has seen a big jump in the fall compared with recent years, when the state usually only had a few dozen cases.
People have been hospitalized in almost two thirds of cases. A death was reported in Montgomery County.
Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver that causes low appetite, stomach and jaundice. It spreads through close contact with infected individuals and fecal matter.
The homeless and those who use street drugs or have been detained are considered to be among those most likely to be affected by the disease.
Healthcare professionals recommend protecting themselves against a vaccine and good hygiene.
Information from: Springfield News-Sun, http://www.springfieldnewssun.com
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