Mahoning Valley –
Topping healthy living – Ohio and the valley are reporting increased cases of Hepatitis-A as part of a multi-state outbreak.
The latest numbers from health department officials show Ohio has had more than 2000 confirmed cases, including seven deaths. Trumbull county, which normally has less than one case per year, is reporting 15 cases associated with the outbreak, while Mahoning county is reporting 8 cases.
Health officials say the Ohio cases appear in three high risk factors.
” I-V drug use, men having sex with men, and people who are homeless, those are the three high risk areas that they are seeing in the state of Ohio,” according to Sandra Swann, Director of Nursing with the Trumbull County Health District.
Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease that usually spreads when a person ingests even microscopic amounts of fecal matter from contact with food, or drinks contaminated by the stool of an infected person.
Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for people with one or more of the risk factors mentioned.
The multi-state outbreak includes the neighboring states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and West Virginia.