SC Officials hopeful hepatitis A outbreak may be over soon


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina officials say the worst of a statewide hepatitis A outbreak may be over.

The Post and Courier reports the Department of Health and Environment Control confirmed 48 cases in May and June. Officials believe this a potential sign that a decline in cases is imminent.

Infections rose in November. An outbreak was declared in May. More than 180 cases have been reported since the fall, with 130 hospitalizations and one death.

Patrons at several restaurants were told about infected employees, although transference in that environment is low.

The department’s medical consultant Dr. Jonathan Knoche says the infection is more commonly spread through sex or close personal contact.

Knoche says a vaccination is the best thing for residents.

Hepatitis A is a liver infection. Symptoms include nausea and fever.

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