Hepatitis A outbreak in Fremont County: What you should know

Hep A

FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) – Health officials in Fremont County have issued a warning after a third person tested positive for hepatitis A.

The county health department was notified Sunday of the third case.

People most at risk of exposure to hepatitis A include members of the homeless population, drug users (specifically those who use street drugs) and those who are intimate with someone who has the virus.

The county is urging people at higher risk to take advantage of an upcoming vaccination clinic, which will be held April 9 at Mercy Today from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Information on future clinics can be found on the health department Facebook page or by calling Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment at 719-276-7450.

The vaccine is also available at the health department, at doctors’ offices and many pharmacies. Those in need of help paying for a vaccine should call 719-276-7450.

In addition to higher-risk groups of people, health officials also recommend the following get vaccinated:

– People with chronic liver diseases, such as cirrhosis
– Children (The vaccine is recommended after 23 months)
– People traveling to countries where the virus is common
– People being treated with clotting-factor concentrates

Symptoms of hepatitis A include yellow skin and eyes, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, dark urine and light-colored stools. Good hygiene practices such as washing hands and not sharing towels, toothbrushes, eating utensils and other personal items can help prevent the virus from spreading.

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