ROANOKE, Va. – The Virginia Dept. of Health announced a third person who was hospitalized due to hepatitis A complications after a recent outbreak has died.
“It is always with extreme sadness that we report the death of an individual,” said RCAHD health director, Cynthia Morrow, MD, MPH. “This heartbreaking loss of life illustrates how serious this outbreak is. Unfortunately, in this situation, we have seen many individuals experiencing severe disease, and in some cases, their symptoms have continued to progress over weeks.”
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According to the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, there are currently:
- Total of 49 confirmed hepatitis A cases
- 31 hospitalizations
Health officials said that there have been no new cases reported this week.
The last day for the incubation period was Oct. 15, and officials said all confirmed primary hepatitis A cases associated with this outbreak would have had symptoms that began on or before this date.
Hepatitis A can be prevented with a vaccine. You can get a vaccine from your primary care provider, an occupational health care clinic or the health department.
People who are at high risk for getting hepatitis A or developing serious complications from an infection are:
- People who use drugs (injection or non-injection)
- People experiencing unstable housing or homelessness
- Men who have sexual contact with men
- People who are currently or were recently incarcerated
- People with chronic liver disease, including cirrhosis, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C
Officials are urging anyone who has been to the following Famous Anthony’s locations from Aug. 10 to 27 to seek medical attention if symptoms arise:
- 4913 Grandin Road
- 6499 Williamson Road
- 2221 Crystal Spring Avenue
Symptoms can include:
- jaundice: yellowing of the skin or the eyes
- loss of appetite
- abdominal pain
- dark urine
- light-colored stools
Anyone with symptoms is urged to stay home from work, especially if they work in food service, health care or child care.
For more information on hepatitis A, click here.