Vaccination is the best method of prevention, combined with regular hand washing, according to health officials.
The sheriff’s department, along with the Hamilton City Health Department and the Butler County Board of Health, is taking extra precautions and “immediately began vaccination procedures to protect the other inmates and staff,” according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.
One of the inmates was transported Thursday to a local hospital, where he tested positive for hepatitis A after complaining of abdominal pain and nausea. A second inmate complained of similar issues and was diagnosed a short time later, according to the sheriff’s office.
The inmates are expected to make a full recovery, sheriff’s office officials said.
The symptoms of hepatitis A can range from mild to severe and can last up to several months if left untreated. Some of the warning signs are fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, yellowing of the skin or eyes and clay-colored stool, according to health officials.