Judge: North Carolina must stop limiting hepatitis drugs
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina prison authorities must stop denying expensive medicines to most of the inmates believed to be carriers of the potentially deadly blood-borne infection...
NE Alabama hepatitis A outbreak grows
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama health authorities are urging the public to get vaccinated after a hepatitis A outbreak in DeKalb and Jackson counties continues to spread.
Minnesota inmates win access to costly hepatitis C drugs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota inmates with chronic hepatitis C infections have gained access to expensive drug treatment following a class-action lawsuit settlement.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — This industrial city in central Massachusetts has had many nicknames through the years, including "the Heart of the Commonwealth" and "Wormtown." Among them was this...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers on Monday confronted the statewide spread of hepatitis A, advancing a proposal calling for an examination of the state's response to one of the country's...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Three drug companies are interested in Louisiana's plan to use a Netflix-style subscription model to buy access to hepatitis C drugs for Medicaid patients and prisoners, a...
Health officials warn of hepatitis A spike in Boise region
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Public health officials say there is a spike of Hepatitis A cases in the Boise region, with six cases reported among Ada and Elmore county residents since Jan....
Kansas to treat most dire of 600 inmates with hepatitis C
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Nearly 600 Kansas inmates have tested positive for hepatitis C, but corrections officials are focusing on treating only the most advanced cases because they don't have the...
Officials: Ohio has a hepatitis A outbreak, but it’s not new
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Health says reports that wrongly imply a newly declared outbreak of hepatitis A are circulating around the state, apparently prompted by a recent case involving a restaurant worker.
A statewide outbreak of hepatitis A was declared last summer. Department spokesman J.C. Benton said Monday that outbreak is ongoing, but no further outbreak has been announced and there's no new cause for concern.
Health department helps deal with hepatitis A at county jail
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana county's health department is helping deal with a hepatitis A outbreak that's reached the county jail.
Diner alert: Worker at 1 Panera restaurant had hepatitis A
An employee at a Panera Bread restaurant in Alabama has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, and people who ate food from that outlet from Jan. 24 through Feb. 5 may have been exposed to the disease, state authorities said.
No other case has been reported, either among the food-handler's co-workers at 2998 Carter Hill Road in Montgomery or people who bought food there between the dates in question, Dr. Karen Landers, a physician with the Alabama Department of Public Health, said Tuesday.
Health officials concerned about growth in hepatitis A cases
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials say they're seeing an increase in hepatitis A cases over the past three months, and they're concerned about the start of an outbreak.
The Department of Health and Human Services says they've seen 13 people diagnosed with acute hepatitis A infections over that time, including seven in January. That compares to an average of six to seven people annually over the past five years.
Possible hepatitis A exposure at Indianapolis Burger King
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Recent customers of a Burger King restaurant on Indianapolis' south side may have been exposed to hepatitis A and should be vaccinated against the virus by Monday.
The Marion County Public Health Department says the warning applies to customers of the Burger King on South Kentucky Avenue on Jan. 21-24. It did not say how customers might have been exposed.
Disney World worker has Hepatitis A, no others ill
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Health officials in Florida say a worker at a Walt Disney World restaurant has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A, but no other colleagues or visitors have gotten sick.
Authorities said that the virus was confirmed last week in a food service worker at the Hoop-Dee-Doo musical revue at the resort's Fort Wilderness Campground.
The health department has been vaccinating co-workers this week and last week.
Subsidies requested for treating inmates with hepatitis C
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is seeking increased funding from lawmakers to treat prisoners with hepatitis C.
The department estimates more than 3,000 of the state's inmates have the viral infection that's dispersed through blood contact, which affects the liver, The Journal Record reported.
Another hepatitis A case confirmed in Jonesboro
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health says another case of hepatitis A has been found in northeast Arkansas.
The department said Thursday that an employee of Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen in Jonesboro tested positive for the virus.
Health officials say anyone who ate at the restaurant on Dec. 22 or Dec. 23 should seek medical care if they develop symptoms such as fever, nausea, fatigue and jaundice.
Arkansas authorities warn of another hepatitis A outbreak
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health is warning of another case of possible hepatitis A exposure, the latest development in an ongoing epidemic in the northeastern part of the state.
The agency said in a statement Wednesday that an employee of On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina in Jonesboro tested positive for the virus.
Health officials are encouraging diners who ate there from Dec. 13 to 27 to seek vaccination.
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Oregon shifts hepatitis A prevention efforts
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials are working to redirect hepatitis A prevention strategies toward homeless populations following a shift in how outbreaks of the disease occur.
The Bulletin reports the Oregon Health Authority has purchased additional hepatitis A vaccines this year, distributing them to county health departments in areas with large homeless populations.
Safety lacked at facility that may have exposed many to HIV
SADDLE BROOK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey surgery center that may have exposed more than 3,000 patients to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C used poor drug storage methods, an outdated infection control plan and unacceptable sterilization practices, according to a new state report.
Health officials investigate Hepatitis A outbreak
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Public health officials are investigating a spike in hepatitis A cases in north Alabama.
The Alabama Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that it is investigating an increase in hepatitis A cases in Jackson County. Health officials say the outbreak may have spread to surrounding counties.
Public health officials urged people at highest risk, including those who use illegal drugs and the homeless, to be vaccinated against the disease.
More than 3,000 patients possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis
SADDLE BROOK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Department of Health says more than 3,000 patients at a surgery center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
Officials say patients who had procedures done at the HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook between January 2018 and Sept. 7, 2018 may have been exposed.
State audit slams San Diego response to hepatitis A outbreak
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The city and county of San Diego failed to quickly recognize and control a Hepatitis A outbreak that grew into one of the largest in recent history, killing 20 and sending nearly 400 to hospitals, according to a state audit released Thursday.
Oregon Health Plan to end ration of costly hepatitis C cure
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority is expecting to lift requirements that led to rationing the use of a $1,000-per-pill drug that can cure hepatitis C.
Most patients covered by the Oregon Health Plan had to have liver damage in order to qualify for the hepatitis C cure, the Mail Tribune reported Wednesday.
Louisiana: Outbreak of 25 hepatitis A cases; get immunized
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Department of Health has declared an outbreak of hepatitis A, hoping to keep numbers low for the highly contagious liver disease.
Twenty-five of the 28 cases reported this year are counted in the outbreak, said Dr. Joe Kanter, the assistant state health officer.
Last claim related to hepatitis C outbreak dismissed
EXETER, N.H. (AP) — Exeter Hospital's nearly five-year effort to recoup money it paid to patients after an employee infected them with hepatitis C is coming to an end.
The hospital sued a credentialing organization and several staffing agencies in early 2014, two years after the arrest of David Kwiatkowski, a traveling cardiac technologist.
Kentucky’s hepatitis A outbreak surpasses 3,000 cases
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky health officials say more than 3,000 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in an outbreak that has entered its second year.
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Arizona county sees spike in hepatitis A cases
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Health officials in southern Arizona are reporting an increase in hepatitis A cases in Pima County, prompting a partnership among local health agencies to boost vaccinations and awareness.
There have been 22 confirmed cases in Pima County so far this year. Officials say that represents a sharp increase from just five cases in 2017 and 12 cases in 2016.
Kentucky jail official: 9 inmates diagnosed with hepatitis A
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Officials say several jail inmates have been diagnosed with hepatitis A in a Kentucky county where cases of the contagious liver disease have increased in recent months.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Tuesday that Lexington-Fayette County Health Department officials had warned the jail's staff last year about the outbreak that has occurred throughout parts of the state.
IDPH encourages vaccinations to protect against hepatitis A
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Public Health is encouraging those at greatest risk of contracting hepatitis A to get vaccinated against it after five cases were confirmed in east-central Illinois during November.
Department Director Dr. Nirav Shah says the recent cases serve as a reminder that states bordering Illinois have been seeing hepatitis A outbreaks.
Adults in northern Kentucky urged to get hepatitis A vaccine
BURLINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Health officials are urging adults in northern Kentucky to get hepatitis A vaccinations as the number cases in the region continues to rise.
The Northern Kentucky Health Department said in a statement that it recommends all adults in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties get vaccinated. Children are already required to get vaccinated.
Hepatitis A cases rising in southern West Virginia
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials say a West Virginia county reported a five-fold increase in hepatitis A cases within two months.
The Register-Herald (https://bit.ly/2DUzT9l ) reports hepatitis A cases in Raleigh County rose from 19 at the end of September to 100 at the end of November.
Ohio logs 900 cases of hepatitis A amid multistate outbreak
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has logged more than 900 cases of hepatitis A this year amid an outbreak around the state and some neighboring states.
Plaintiffs added to hepatitis C lawsuit
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Additional plaintiffs have been added to a federal lawsuit that alleges Connecticut's prisons failed to provide life-saving treatment to inmates with hepatitis C.
Pennsylvania agrees to deal for inmate hepatitis C treatment
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's prison system is moving to settle a lawsuit by agreeing to provide an expensive prescription drug treatment regimen for prisoners who suffer from chronic hepatitis C infections.
The Corrections Department and lawyers for thousands of inmates filed a proposed settlement this week of a 4-year-old federal class action lawsuit.
Agency reports hepatitis A outbreak in Albuquerque area
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A in the Albuquerque area.
The department says that since the end of October it has confirmed four acute infections in adults and that the outbreak has primarily involved people who are homeless and injecting drugs.
Health official says hepatitis A cases on decline
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A health official in West Virginia says there's been a drop in the number of hepatitis A cases being reported.
W.Va. school food service worker diagnosed with hepatitis A
GHENT, W.Va. (AP) — School officials in West Virginia say a food service worker has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.
News outlets report the worker was employed at Ghent Elementary School in Raleigh County.
The Raleigh County Board of Education says it's taking steps to clean and sanitize the school. No other hepatitis A cases have been reported involving the school.
Health Department warns of dangerous hepatitis A outbreak
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health is warning that an outbreak of hepatitis A has killed one person and sickened more than 400 others.
The department says the outbreak most heavily affects Nashville and Chattanooga.
Hundreds who went to restaurant at risk for hepatitis A
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Officials say at least 150 people who went to a North Carolina restaurant are at risk of getting hepatitis A.
Mecklenburg County Health Director Gibbie Harris said at a news conference Thursday that those who ate or drank at the Village Tavern in Charlotte's SouthPark neighborhood on Oct. 30 should get vaccinated by Tuesday. Officials learned Wednesday a restaurant employee went to a hospital with symptoms of the liver disease.
Death related to hepatitis A outbreak is confirmed
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the first death related to an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A.
According to a news release, the death happened in October. News outlets reported Tuesday that additional details about the case are not being released.
2 more hepatitis A-related deaths reported in Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky health officials say they are investigating two recent hepatitis A-related deaths in Franklin County.
The Department for Public Health declared a hepatitis A outbreak last year.
Since August 2017, more than 2,275 outbreak-associated cases of acute hepatitis A have been reported in 94 of Kentucky's 120 counties. The agency says hepatitis A was a contributing factor in 16 deaths during the outbreak, including the two recent deaths in Franklin County.
San Diego hepatitis A outbreak ends after 2 years
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County health authorities have declared an end to an outbreak of hepatitis A that began two years ago, killed 20 people and sickened nearly 600.
Public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said that Oct. 25 marked 100 days since the most recent case, the threshold for no longer meeting the definition of an outbreak, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday.
Maine officials confirm case of hepatitis A
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine health officials have confirmed a case of hepatitis A in Portland.
WCSH-TV reports the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention say the person stayed at two shelters in Portland from Oct. 1 through Oct. 21. According to the Maine CDC, the person stayed at the Oxford Street Shelter and Florence House.
Mandan syringe exchange program sees growing demand
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A syringe exchange program in Mandan is growing faster than officials expected, enrolling 108 people since opening in January.
US advisory group urges hepatitis A shots for homeless
For the first time, a U.S. advisory committee is recommending a routine vaccination for homeless people, voting Wednesday to urge hepatitis A shots to prevent future outbreaks of the contagious liver disease.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made the recommendation at a meeting in Atlanta. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to adopt it and send guidance to health care providers.
Settlement reached for Hawaii hepatitis A class-action suit
HONOLULU (AP) — A preliminary settlement of up to $4.5 million has been reached in a class-action lawsuit for people exposed to hepatitis A but not sickened during a Hawaii outbreak in 2016.
Seattle attorney Bill Marler announced the settlement Friday. A claim form must be submitted by Nov. 29. A final approval hearing will be held in December.
Those affected could receive $150 to $350, depending on their level of exposure.
University gets $15M grant to help end spread of hepatitis C
HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — A University of Kentucky project aimed at ridding Perry County of hepatitis C has received a $15 million federal grant, and $50 million in donated drug treatments that can cure the disease.
Capitol Watch: Cuomo far ahead in cash; more bad MTA news
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is heading into the final weeks before the election with a huge financial advantage over Republican challenger Marc Molinaro.
Meanwhile, there's more dire predictions about the future of New York City subways and a new effort to fight hepatitis C gets off the ground.