Cyrus Moulton Telegram & Gazette Staff @MoultonCyrus
Dec 8, 2018 at 10:23 AM
Dec 8, 2018 at 5:47 PM
WORCESTER — The Worcester Division of Public Health issued an advisory Friday warning of an outbreak of Hepatitis A, particularly among those experiencing substance use and / or homelessness.
According to the state’s fact sheet, Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. It can affect anyone. The virus is most likely spread when infected people do not wash their hands adequately after they use the bathroom, change a diaper or soiled sheets and then touch their own mouths, prepare food for others, or touch others with contaminated hands.
WDPH and community partners have been providing outreach, education, and vaccinations to the affected population. To date 206 individuals have been vaccinated, the city said.
Worcester, Boston and other areas of the state have seen an uptick in confirmed and suspected Hepatitis A cases in the last two months.
Health care providers and those who know of at-risk individuals are asked to encourage vaccination. Clinics are being organized throughout the city. For more information or to locate a clinic, please contact [email protected] or call (508) 799-8531.
Additional information on Hepatitis A, including vaccine information, is available on the state’s Hepatitis A Fact sheet, as is information on how to help prevent the spread of Hepatitis A with hygiene and cleaning recommendations.