CLINICS

HEPATITIS A

FULTON COUNTY OUTBREAK


As a result of an increase in hepatitis A cases in the region, Georgia Department of Public Health officials have declared an official outbreak of hepatitis A in Fulton County. 

WHAT IS HEPATITIS A?


Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Although rare, hepatitis A can cause death in some people. Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person. Hepatitis A can also spread from close personal contact with an infected person such as through sex or caring for someone who is ill.

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WHO IS MOST AT RISK


In Fulton County, adults with certain risky behaviors such as men who have sex with men (MSM) and illegal drug users are at risk for the disease.

Others at high risk include:

  • People who are experiencing unstable housing or homelessness
  • Individuals who are currently being treated for other infectious diseases such as HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs)
  • People with chronic liver disease including cirrhosis, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C
  • People who are, or were, recently incarcerated

SHOULD I GET VACCINATED?


Hepatitis A vaccine can prevent hepatitis A.  The hep A vaccine is recommended for:

  • Men who have sex with men
  • Illegal drug users
  • Those who are experiencing homelessness
  • International travelers.
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