San Diego Officially Declares An End to Hepatitis A Outbreak

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DPH declared a hepatitis A outbreak past year.

After two years, the deadly outbreak of hepatitis A in San Diego has officially come to a close, according to Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego County's public health officer.

The health department says the two had underlying medical conditions which made their infections more severe.

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Signs and symptoms of hepatitis A include jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), dark-colored urine, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, fever, and grey-colored stools.

Doctors suggest getting the hepatitis A vaccine and washing your hands to keep from getting the virus. Around two-thirds of the cases involve drug use and 20 percent have no risk factors noted, he said. The infection is passing through person-to-person contact, health officials believe. Another 1,209 people have been hospitalized with hepatitis A.

DPH identified the increasing number of cases as an outbreak in November 2017. The virus is found in the stool of people infected with hepatitis A and is usually spread from person to person by putting something in the mouth (even though it might look clean) that has been contaminated with the stool of a person infected with hepatitis A.

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