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Say it aint so, Hepatitis A Outbreak in Columbus, OH

City health officials have organized immunization clinics and plan to continue offering vaccines to people who have been infected. This goes for the people who have tae at restaurants where workers have the liver disease.

This is the worst hepatitis A outbreak in the past 20 years, in part because of potential infections at two restaurants where workers who handled food were confirmed to have the liver disease.

If you’re wondering what Hepatitis A is check this out

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. Some people have a mild illness that lasts a few weeks. … You usually get it when you eat or drink something that’s been exposed to poop from someone who has the virus.

Since January 2018, Columbus has had 269 cases, including 179 cases in 2018 alone. The last time an outbreak of that size happened was in 1999, when the city had 170 cases.

In a normal year, Columbus sees fewer than 10 hepatitis A cases, thats comes form Luke Jacobs of Columbus Public health.

“This is a preventable infection,” said Kelli Newman Myers, a spokeswoman for Columbus Public Health. “It can be prevented with readily available vaccines.”

Columbus Public Health ran vaccination clinics in January and on Monday. The disease is spread when a person ingests even microscopic amounts of fecal matter from an infected person.

That is just sick! Its best to stay at home and cook if you ask me!

Courtesy of News 10