IN Health Dept. Reports First Hep-A Death

Posted on July 12th, 2018

The state says it’s confirmed the first death in Indiana associated with a multi-state Hepatitis A outbreak.

The Indiana State Department of Health isn’t releasing any more information about the death, citing privacy laws.

While Indiana typically sees about 20 cases a year, there are 214 Hepatitis A cases in the state associated with the outbreak. Seven counties are affected so far.

Deputy Health Commissioner Pam Pontones says they’re working closely with local health departments:

Hepatitis A is a highly-contagious liver disease.  Someone can contract the virus through contact with an infected person or contaminated food.

The state has allocated an additional $1 million in state and federal funding to supply local health departments with Hepatitis A vaccines to use on at-risk populations.

This entry was posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 8:42 am and is filed under News.

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