Hepatitis A Outbreak Claims Life of Hoosier
INDIANAPOLIS--A person from Indiana has died from an outbreak of Hepatitis A that has hit multiple states.
The Indiana State Health Department is not giving additional details about the patient due to privacy laws.
The outbreak has caused nearly 4,000 illnesses in 10 states and resulted in multiple fatalities nationwide.
Indiana typically sees about 20 cases in a 12-month period.
“This heartbreaking loss of life illustrates how serious this outbreak is, and I urge Hoosiers to practice good handwashing and to get vaccinated, especially if they fall into a high-risk population,” said Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “We are working with our local and federal health partners to slow the spread of hepatitis A in our state, but this disease is highly contagious and can spread rapidly, so prevention is critical.”
Indiana law requires a hepatitis A vaccine for school admission since 2014, so most students preparing to enter fourth grade and younger have already been vaccinated.
Hepatitis A is an infectious disease of the liver and is often spread by consuming contaminated food or water.
Common symptoms of hepatitis A include:
- yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
- stomach pain
- dark colored urine