Clark County seeing a "large increase" in number of hepatitis A cases

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    CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Ohio and Clark County are seeing a "large increase" in the number of hepatitis A cases, according to the Clark County Combined Health District.

    The agency said on Monday that they have investigated 38 confirmed cases of hepatitis A, 23 of which were reportedly related to the current outbreak. Before last year, the most recent confirmed case in the county was in 2011.

    Hepatitis A Statewide Community Outbreak

    The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and affected local health departments are investigating an increased number of hepatitis A cases in Ohio. ODH has declared a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A after observing an increase in cases linked to certain risk factors since the beginning of 2018.

    This news comes as the Ohio Department of Health continues to investigate an outbreak across 67 counties in the state. As of last week, they said there were 1,595 outbreak cases.

    Hepatitis A is a liver disease that usually spreads when a person ingests fecal matter, even in small amounts, from contact with objects, food or drinks that are contaminated by the stool of an infected person. The virus can spread from close personal contact with an infected person or through sex. Symptoms include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, light-colored stools and jaundice.

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