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Hepatitis A outbreak has spread to 2nd north Alabama county

January 10, 2019

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Public Health says it is investigating a hepatitis A outbreak that has spread into a second north Alabama county.

News outlets report the agency says Jackson County has seen an increase in the number of hepatitis A cases, and additional cases are now being reported in DeKalb County. State Medical Officer Dr. Karen Landers says there have been no deaths yet.

A Wednesday statement by the agency says symptoms of the disease include but aren’t limited to fatigue, headache, fever, low appetite and vomiting. It says those at highest risk of contracting hepatitis A include users of illegal drugs who share paraphernalia and people struggling with homelessness. It says people can reduce the spread of the disease by getting vaccinated and keeping their hands clean.

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