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Indiana reports first Hoosier death associated with multi-state hepatitis A outbreak

Indiana reports first Hoosier death associated with multi-state hepatitis A outbreak
Posted at 6:18 PM, Jul 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-11 18:21:41-04

INDIANAPOLIS --  The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting the first Hoosier death related to a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A. 

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious disease of the liver that is commonly transmitted from person to person through fecal-oral routes or by consuming contaminated food or water. 

The outbreak has sickened nearly 4,000 people in 10 different states and has resulted in multiple fatalities nationwide. 

READ | Health officials say hepatitis A is on the rise in Indiana

No additional details about the Hoosier death will be released due to privacy laws. 

“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.”

Since November 2017, the state's department of health has confirmed 214 outbreak-related cases of hepatitis A. 

Common symptoms of hepatitis A include:

  • diarrhea
  • yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • fatigue
  • stomach pain
  • fever
  • dark colored urine

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