79 diagnosed with hepatitis A in NH since November; 1 death reported

WEBVTT TO EDUCATE THEM ABOUT VIRUSES LIKE HEPATITIS A, BUT NOW THEY ARE TAKING THAT EFFORT EVEN FURTHER. THE FARNUM CENTER IN MANCHESTER IS WORKING WITH THE CITY’S HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO PROTECT IT’S CLIENTS AGAINST HEPATITIS — PROTECT ITS CLIENTS AGAINST HEPATITIS A. >> QUITE A FEW OF THE WOMEN OBTAINED THE VACCINE. KRISTEN: WHILE THERE’S NO SPECIFIC TREATMENT FOR THE VIRUS, THERE’S A WAY TO PREVENT IT. >> ONE DOSE OF THE VACCINE GIVES 95% OF PEOPLE IN UNITY OR PROTECTION. KRISTEN: — IMMUNITY OR PROTECTION. KRISTEN: THE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE IS BEING TAKEN AFTER STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED THE NUMBER OF CASES IS ON THE RISE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. >> WE HAD 13 HEPATITIS A CASES, SEVEN IN JANUARY ALONE. KRISTEN: THE VIRUS CAN CAUSE LIVER FAILURE, EVEN DEATH. IT TYPICALLY SPREADS AMONG THE HOMELESS AND THOSE DEALING WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER, BUT ANYONE CAN CONTRACT IT. >> IT IS SPREAD THROUGH FECAL ORAL TRANSMISSION, WHICH MEANS PEOPLE ARE EXPOSED WHEN THEY IN KNOWINGLY — AND THEY UNKNOWINGLY IN JUST SMALL AMOUNTS OF THE VIRUS THROUGH UNTREATED FOOD. KRISTEN: IT SURVIVES ON SURFACES FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. AT RISK POPULATIONS, IN ADDITION TO YOUNG CHILDREN AND THOSE WITH CHRONIC LIVER DISEASE ARE URGED TO GET A VACCINE. >> REMAINING VIGILANT, INFORMING PEOPLE TO WASH THEIR HANDS AFTER UTILIZING THE RESTROOM, HOW IT CAN BE CONTRACTED OVERALL. KRISTEN: THE MANCHESTER HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAY THEY ARE WORKING WITH SEVERAL OTHER AGENCIES TO SPREAD AWARENESS AND TO GIVE OUT THE VACCINE TO HIGH RISK GROUPS. WE ARE LIVE IN MANCHES

79 diagnosed with hepatitis A in NH since November; 1 death reported

New Hampshire health officials warn of hepatitis A outbreak

New Hampshire health officials say they’re seeing an outbreak of hepatitis A cases in the state.The Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that since November, 79 people have been diagnosed with the disease, compared with an average of six or seven annually in recent years. One person in Merrimack County died.>> Download the FREE WMUR appBeth Daly, chief of the Bureau of Infection Disease Control, said the disease is spread by unknowingly getting the virus in your mouth after touching or eating items that are contaminated with small amounts of stool from an infected person. Hepatitis A is preventable with a vaccine.>> NH DHHS informationSymptoms of hepatitis A, which causes inflammation of the liver, include fever, nausea, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, and jaundice.Eighteen states have declared an outbreak.In the video player above, see recent coverage of the outbreak in February.

New Hampshire health officials say they’re seeing an outbreak of hepatitis A cases in the state.

The Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that since November, 79 people have been diagnosed with the disease, compared with an average of six or seven annually in recent years. One person in Merrimack County died.

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Beth Daly, chief of the Bureau of Infection Disease Control, said the disease is spread by unknowingly getting the virus in your mouth after touching or eating items that are contaminated with small amounts of stool from an infected person. Hepatitis A is preventable with a vaccine.

>> NH DHHS information

Symptoms of hepatitis A, which causes inflammation of the liver, include fever, nausea, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, and jaundice.

Eighteen states have declared an outbreak.

In the video player above, see recent coverage of the outbreak in February.

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