Hepatitis A in Marion County

Marion County became part of the statewide Hepatitis A outbreak in late January, 2019. Since then, MPH has worked diligently to combat the outbreak through vaccination clinics held throughout the county to reach the most at-risk individuals. You can read our announcement of the outbreak here.

As of May 1st, 2019 there have been…

39

Number of confirmed cases
in Marion County

18

Off-site Hepatitis A vaccination clinics
held throughout Marion County since January 2019

392

Immunizations given throughout the county
as part of these off-site vaccination clinic efforts

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease that usually spreads when a person ingests fecal matter – even in microscopic amounts – from contact with objects, food or drinks contaminated by the stool of an infected person. Hepatitis A can also be spread from close personal contact with an infected person, such as through sex.

People at increased risk for hepatitis A in this outbreak include:

    • People with direct contact with individuals infected with the virus
    • Men who have sex with men
    • People who use street drugs whether they are injected or not
    • People who are incarcerated
    • People experiencing homelessness
    • People who have traveled to other areas of the U.S. currently experiencing outbreaks

Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, clay-colored stools and jaundice. People with hepatitis A can experience mild illness lasting a few weeks to severe illness lasting several months.

Prevention

One of the best ways to prevent Hepatitis A is to get vaccinated! Next to vaccination, practicing good personal hygiene helps. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water after using the bathroom and before handling food or eating.

Getting vaccinated

People who believe that they are at high risk for hepatitis A infection should contact their healthcare provider or local health department for information about vaccination. People who know that they have been exposed to someone with hepatitis A should contact their healthcare provider or local health department to discuss post-exposure vaccination options. Individuals who experience symptoms of hepatitis A should contact their healthcare provider.

Marion Public Health offers walk-in immunizations on Wednesdays from 12:00-noon to 5:00pm. For more information about our immunization clinic services, click here.