Department of Health says hepatitis A outbreak continues in Minnesota

Department of Health says hepatitis A outbreak continues in Minnesota Photo: MGN Images

Updated: October 25, 2019 03:47 PM

An outbreak of hepatitis A has continued in Minnesota, according to the state's Department of Health.

MDH said new cases continue to emerge, with a total of 41 cases now reported across 16 counties as of last Friday. Of those cases, officials said 29 people have been hospitalized.

All of the cases have affected adults, MDH said. A vaccine has been recommended for children since 2006, but many adults haven't been vaccinated for hepatitis A, the department said. Vaccination is the best way to prevent hepatitis A.

MDH said a vaccination is especially important for those at high risk, including:

  • People who use injection and non-injection drugs.
  • People experiencing homelessness or unstable housing.
  • People who are currently or were recently incarcerated.

You can find more information and resources on the MDH website.

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