First Hep A Death in 2018 in the State of Ohio was a Montgomery County Resident
Vaccination Urged for People at Risk for Hepatitis A
The first death from Hepatitis A in the State of Ohio associated with the current outbreak was a Montgomery County resident.
The State of Ohio and Montgomery County are seeing a large increase in the number of Hepatitis A cases. As of October 15, in 2018, there have been 113 cases of Hepatitis A in Montgomery County and 666 in the State of Ohio. In Montgomery County in 2017 there was one case and in 2016 there were no reported cases.
Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County is encouraging people to get vaccinated.
Public Health’s Medical Director Michael Dohn, MD will be available to speak with the Media today at Noon in the Public Information Conference Room. 3rd Floor Reibold Building, 117 S. Main St., Dayton.
Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease that usually spreads when a person ingests fecal matter—even in small amounts—from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the stool of an infected person. Hepatitis A also can spread from close personal contact with an infected person, such as through sex.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, light-colored stools and jaundice. Most people who get Hepatitis A feel sick for several months, but they usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage. Sometimes Hepatitis A can cause liver failure and death, although this is rare and occurs more commonly in people older than 50 and people with other liver diseases.
Who is at greater risk for Hepatitis A?
- People who use street drugs whether they are injected or not
- People who are incarcerated
- People experiencing homelessness
- Men who have sex with men
- People with direct contact with individuals infected with the virus
- People who have traveled to other areas of the U.S. currently experiencing outbreaks
“The best way to prevent Hepatitis A is to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Michael Dohn, Medical Director, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County. “Proper and frequent hand washing is also a key factor in controlling the spread of disease.”
Public Health is also urging restaurant owners to encourage their employees to receive a Hepatitis A vaccination.
Individuals who are concerned about Hepatitis A should contact their doctor, healthcare provider, pharmacy or Public Health. For information about vaccinations
call 937-225-5700. A list of pharmacies that can provide the vaccine can be found at www.phdmc.org.
People who know that they have been exposed to someone with Hepatitis A should contact their healthcare provider or Public Health to discuss post-exposure vaccination options. Individuals who experience symptoms of Hepatitis A should contact their healthcare provider.