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Public Health Issues Hepatitis A Outbreak Alert


Jan 09, 2020

Okanogan County Public Health (OCPH) is reporting four (4) confirmed cases of Hepatitis A within Okanogan County. We have identified all current cases and are working with close contacts to provide Hepatitis A vaccinations. 

For more information about Hepatitis A:  https://doh.wa.gov/HepatitisAOutbreak .

There are Hepatitis A outbreaks in Seattle, Spokane, and across the United States with an increased rate of deaths.

Persons who are at high risk of becoming infected should get vaccinated with the Hepatitis A vaccine. Vaccination is recommended for all children starting at 1 year of age, for travelers to certain countries, and for people at high risk for infection with the virus. Hepatitis A vaccine can be obtained through healthcare providers and pharmacies providing vaccinations.

Okanogan County Public Health reminds all residents to WASH YOUR HANDS!  Good hand-washing decreases the spread of disease!

For questions related to possible Hepatitis A exposure, please contact Lauri Jones, Community Health Director at: 509-422-7158.

 


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