The Washington State Department of Health declared Tuesday that there’s a hepatitis A outbreak in a number of counties in Washington state, in response to a press release.
The Health Department mentioned the outbreak consists of 13 confirmed cases in people who are homeless or utilizing drugs.
There are two confirmed cases in King County, one in Snohomish County, nine cases in Spokane County and one in Pend Oreille County.
People who are homeless or utilizing drugs are at higher threat of getting hepatitis A, particularly if they do not have access to sanitation, the Health Department mentioned.
Hepatitis A is a very contagious liver infection caused by a virus. In accordance with the Health Department, it might probably range from a mild infection with no signs lasting a few weeks, to a severe illness lasting a number of months that may end up in liver failure and death.
The Health Department says one of the best ways to prevent hepatitis A is vaccination, which is recommended for all kids starting at the age of one.
“The department is working closely with local health officials on prevention and response efforts, together with public education, vaccinations, partnerships with health care and service suppliers and interventions for sanitation,” the Health Department stated within the press release.