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Ohio Has A Hepatitis A Outbreak, But It's Not New


The Ohio Department of Health says reports that wrongly imply a newly declared outbreak of hepatitis A are circulating around the state, apparently prompted by a recent case involving a restaurant worker.

A statewide outbreak of hepatitis A was declared last summer. Department spokesman J.C. Benton said Monday that outbreak is ongoing, but no further outbreak has been announced and there's no new cause for concern.

The department says more than 1,600 cases have been reported statewide since January 2018. It urges people considered at high risk for the disease to consider vaccination.

A employee at Eddy's Chicken and Waffles on East Livingston Avenue had a confirmed case of hepatitis A earlier this month. Anyone who visited Eddy's Chicken and Waffles between February 1-11 is encouraged to get a hepatitis A vaccination as soon as possible

Last month an employee at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on North High Street in the Short North also had a confirmed case of hepatitis A. Anyone who visited this restaurant between January 1-16, 2019, is encouraged to get a hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible.

Neighboring states also have seen outbreaks of hepatitis A.

The disease is transmitted by oral contact with fecal matter, even in microscopic amounts. It attacks the liver and causes symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, fever and jaundice.