Mississippi Is in the Midst Of a Hepatitis Outbreak

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi is in the midst of a hepatitis A outbreak. Last year there were just 13 cases of the virus but the state department of health is reporting 60 confirmed cases since April. The 60 cases are spread across 23 counties including Coahoma County. Pearl River County reported 13 cases. The sharp increase follows a national trend as well as increases in neighboring states. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can be spread when a person ingests the virus through food or drink that is contaminated with the feces of an infected person or through close, personal contact including sexual contact with an infected person. Symptoms of hepatitis A include nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting, jaundice, stomach pain, low appetite, and fever. At-risk populations are those who use recreational drugs are currently or were recently in jail, men who have sex with men, and the homeless. Hepatitis A can be prevented with a vaccine. Other prevention measures include strong hygiene habits such as thoroughly washing your hands after using the bathroom.


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