Health Officials Warn About Increasing Outbreak of Hepatitis A in Alabama

Health Officials Warn About Increasing Outbreak of Hepatitis A in Alabama

The Alabama Department of Public Health is inquiring a rapid rise in the epidemic of Hepatitis A in Jackson Country. Health officials announced the news on Wednesday, by saying that the outbreak may have spread to neighboring countries. Health officials also said that Hepatitis A could spread fast when people avoid following preventive measures. They aim to vaccinate people at high risk, including homeless people. Dr. Karen Landers, the medical officer, said they have just started the investigation. She stated that the health department wants to raise awareness about vaccination among people. Dr. Karen recommends maintaining hygiene and a habit of hand-washing to avoid the epidemic from spreading.

On the other hand, health officers are investigating for Hepatitis A cases in Nashville. A year ago the health department discovered the first case of the disease. But more cases of severe liver infection are rising in the surrounding countries. The cases are also emerging in jails, firstly they arrived in Nashville followed by Sumner County. According to health experts, there is no way to foretell the end of the epidemic. Yet, it may last up to one year. Currently, places like San Diego and Louisville are having the latest cases of the severe lever infection. Hepatitis A is a type of liver infection which takes place due to a virus and results in inflammation of the lever. However, the infection doesn’t show any symptoms in children less than the age of 6 years.

Although the symptoms can be detected easily in other age groups, symptoms mainly include flu-like symptoms, abdominal pain, jaundice, dark urine, and loss of appetite. The virus is typically spread by consuming food or liquid contaminated with fecal matter containing the virus. In addition to this, the virus can also spread by direct contact with an infected person. Moreover, officials say that the virus can circulate easily among the people who are not vaccinated. Additionally, it may spread if people fail to maintain good hand-washing practices. Therefore, health experts suggest washing hands before preparing or eating meals and after touching any type of waste. They also suggest not to share food, drinking, cigarettes, personal care stuff with each other.

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