WORCESTER – The Worcester Division for Public Health issued an advisory Friday warning for an outbreak of hepatitis A, especially among those who experience substance use and / or homelessness.
According to the state data sheet, hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. It can affect someone. The virus is most likely spread when infected people do not wash their hands properly after using the bathroom, changing diapers or dirty sheets, then touching their own mouths, preparing food for others or touching others with contaminated hands.
WDPH and community partners have provided repetition, education and vaccinations to the affected population. So far 206 people have been vaccinated, says the city.
Worcester, Boston and other parts of the state have seen a blow in confirmed and suspected hepatitis A cases in the past two months.
Healthcare Providers and Those Who Know Risks Individuals Are Encouraged To Encourage Vaccination. Clinics are organized throughout the city. For more information or to find a clinic, please contact [email protected] or call 508-799-8531
Further information on hepatitis A, including vaccine information, can be found on the State’s Hepatitis A Fact Sheet, as well as information on how to prevent the spread of hepatitis A with hygiene and cleaning instructions.