BEND, Ore. – The Deschutes County Public Health officials on Wednesday approved three recent cases of hepatitis A, the first cases of viral disease reported in the county per year
Program Manager Heather Kaisner said two cases were reported in April and the third last week, involving adults who have experienced 'housing instability'. None of them included expositions in restaurants or schools.
Kaisner said that Deschutes County cases were not reported last year in a disease that spreads through contacts with other bad sanitary conditions and only five cases in the last four years.
She noted that the hepatitis A vaccine, introduced more than 20 years ago, led to a reduction in outbreaks, mainly after the Oregon and other states demanded the immunization of state students.
Kaisner said he had reported all known close ties during the investigation.
The disease usually spreads to someone who consumes something in the faeces of an infected person. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, dark urine, joint pain and jaundice. Most people are recovering fully during treatment, although there may be problems, especially for those who are already bad. For more information:
Although officials believe that recent cases have followed, Kaisner said the county has acquired more hepatitis A vaccine from the state and will offer it to help the homeless.
For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/pdfs/hepageneralfactsheet.pdf respectively: