BEND, ORE – Deschutes County Public Health officials on Wednesday confirmed three recent, closely connected cases of hepatitis A, the first cases of viral disease reported in the county over in one year.
Program Manager Heather Kaisner said two of the cases reported in April and the third last week, all with regard to adults who experienced "housing instability." No one is involved in restaurants or schools.
Kaisner said no cases of Deschutes County reported last year's illness, spread by contacting others in poor health conditions, and only five cases in the past four years.
He said the hepatitis A vaccine, introduced more than 20 years ago, resulted in a decrease in outbreak, largely after Oregon and other states require immunization for students. public schooling.
Kaisner said they informed all known close contacts during their investigation.
The illness is often spread by someone who is eating something contaminated from the feces of an infected person. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, dark urine, joint pain and jaundice. Most people are completely withdrawn from treatment, although there may be issues, especially for those in poor health. More information on:
Although officials believe that recent string cases may run their course, Kaisner said that the county has acquired more hepatitis A vaccines from the state and offers it in places that help homeless people.
Additional information: https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/pdfs/hepageneralfactsheet.pdf