Two Clark County Resident Deaths Related to Hepatitis A Confirmed
Clark County, Ohio – The Clark County Combined Health District has confirmed two Clark County resident deaths related to hepatitis A. The cases have been thoroughly investigated and appropriate actions taken, but in order to protect the privacy of the families, additional details about the cases are not being released.
Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease that is spread when hands, food or objects contaminated with stool are put in the mouth. It can be spread by close contact with a person who is sick with hepatitis A, eating food prepared by a person with hepatitis A, or sex with a person with hepatitis A. Getting vaccinated and practicing proper handwashing is the best way to prevent hepatitis A.
CCCHD has been investigating cases, conducting outreach and providing vaccinations since a statewide outbreak was declared in 2018. To date, CCCHD has investigated 43cases of hepatitis A. Public Health also continues to provide vaccines in the community, focusing efforts on at-risk populations.
People at increased risk for hepatitis A include people who use drugs, men who have sex with men, people experiencing homelessness, people who have been recently incarcerated, and travelers to locations where hepatitis A is common.