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.