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Denver resident’s death linked to outbreak of hepatitis A

September 12, 2019

DENVER (AP) — Officials say the death of a Denver resident from hepatitis A is the first reported fatality linked to an outbreak in the city.

The Denver Post reports the death comes two months after Denver health officials announced the city was facing an outbreak of the contagious liver infection.

No additional information was reported about the victim.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says the risk of contracting the disease in the outbreak is higher in people who are homeless, incarcerated or dealing with substance-use issues.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hepatitis A is transmitted by consuming the virus through contaminated objects, food or drinks.

Symptoms include fatigue, limited appetite, stomach pain, and nausea.

A state epidemiologist says hepatitis A deaths are rare.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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