Officials announce second hepatitis A death in Bernalillo County
May 13, 2019 11:59 AM
BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M. - Officials with the New Mexico Department of Health have announced that a second person has died is association with the recent hepatitis A outbreak.
The department has confirmed 103 cases of hepatitis A in adults ages 19 to 64 in Bernalillo County since October 2018 in addition to one confirmed case in Santa Fe County.
Officials say the virus primarily impacts people who use injection and non-injection drugs as well as people experiencing homelessness.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease. It can be mild, lasting a few weeks to a severe illness spanning many months. It is contracted when a person ingest fecal matter from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated with feces of an infected person.
"Vaccinating people a risk of exposure is the most effective tool we have to prevent the spread of hepatitis A infection during an outbreak," said New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel.
People at risk should get a hepatitis A vaccine. For information on public health office locations, click here.
Created: May 13, 2019 11:59 AM
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