Hepatitis A

Statewide Hepatitis A Person-to-Person Community Outbreak

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) declared a statewide hepatitis A community outbreak in December 2018 after observing an increase in person-to-person transmitted hepatitis A cases.

As of December 31, 2019 – 177 cases have been associated with the outbreak statewide.

Individuals most at risk for this outbreak include men who have sex with men (MSM), individuals experiencing homelessness, individuals who use drugs, and individuals who were recently incarcerated.

IDPH recommends people at risk for hepatitis A infection contact a health care provider or local health department for information about vaccination. Individuals who have been exposed to someone with hepatitis A should also contact a health care provider or local health department about post-exposure vaccination.

IDPH, in partnership with local health departments, is offering free hepatitis A vaccine to individuals most at risk of infection.

Although a vaccine is available for hepatitis A, outbreaks can occur when infected individuals have close contact with others at risk of contracting the disease .

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, infectious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. It is passed easily from one person to another through food, water, drug use, and sex. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. http://www.dph.illinois.gov/hepatitisA

Most recent news release - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/news/six-new-cases-hepatitis-within-past-week

Thursday, January 2, 2020