The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating hepatitis A outbreaks in multiple states among people reporting drug use and/or homelessness and their contacts, the agency said in an advisory today. California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Utah and West Virginia have reported a total of more than 2,500 infections spread through person-to-person contact since January 2017, the largest outbreak since vaccination was recommended for at-risk populations in 1996 and the first large outbreak among homeless Americans, CDC said. Health care providers should consider hepatitis A in anyone with jaundice and clinically compatible symptoms; encourage vaccination for at-risk populations or within two weeks of exposure to the virus; and report all diagnosed hepatitis A cases to their public health department, the agency said. CDC said it continues to monitor demand for the adult vaccine, which has experienced some supply constraints during the outbreak but is more readily available now.

Related News Articles

Headline
Hospitals and health systems are committed to protecting patients from surprise medical bills and support a federal legislative solution to do so, AHA…
Chairperson's File
During Mental Health Month, let’s all remember that caring for the whole person improves health and saves lives.
Headline
Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Todd Young, R-Ind., Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Tom Carper, D-Del., today…
Headline
The House Ways and Means Committee today held a hearing examining the impact of racial disparities and social determinants of health on maternal mortality.
Headline
A new AHA issue brief describes how hospitals are investing in affordable housing, based on initial findings from the Accelerating Investments for Healthy…
Headline
House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today released a discussion draft of bipartisan legislation to address surprise medical bills.