Health officials are reporting a large increase in hepatitis A cases in Clark County, as a statewide outbreak continues, according to the Clark County Combined Health District.
The CCCHD reports 38 cases of hepatitis A have been investigated as of Feb. 5, 23 of which are connected to the current outbreak reported in Ohio, the health district said in a media release Monday.
Before the statewide outbreak that started in 2018, the last confirmed case in Clark County was in 2011, the health district said.
Ohio currently reports 1,595 cases connected to the statewide outbreak.
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The health district describes hepatitis A as a vaccine-preventable liver disease that usually spreads when a person ingests fecal matter, even in small amounts, from contact with food, drinks, or objects contaminated by an infected person.
“The best way to prevent Hepatitis A is to get vaccinated,” Charles Patterson, Health Commissioner said in the media release.
“Proper and frequent hand washing is also a key factor in controlling the spread of disease.”
We’ll update this story as new details become available.