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2nd death in Bernalillo County linked to hepatitis A virus

May 13, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Department of Health officials have confirmed 103 acute hepatitis A virus infections since last October with two associated deaths in Bernalillo County.

An acute case of hepatitis A infection also has been confirmed in Santa Fe County.

The current outbreak has primarily impacted people who use both injection and non-injection drugs and people experiencing homelessness.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis A virus.

It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.

Hepatitis A infection typically causes fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, and yellowing of the skin and eyes.