CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — Health officials are recommending Hepatitis A vaccinations for some customers and workers at a Burger Boy restaurant in northern Maine.
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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Two years ago, Tammy Evans planned her funeral.
At 52 years old, she wrote down her final wishes — where she would be buried, who would preach at the service, who would...
MIAMI (AP) — Health officials in Florida say that despite giving out 6,900 free hepatitis A vaccines last week, the state saw its biggest increase in new cases.
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.
2 dead in hepatitis A outbreak in Florida county
STUART, Fla. (AP) — Health officials say two people have died amid a hepatitis A outbreak declared in one Florida county.
Treasure Coast Newspapers reports Martin County and state officials...
Hepatitis A confirmed at Waldenberg gas mart
WALDENBERG, Ark. (AP) — State health officials are warning northeast Arkansans of another possible hepatitis exposure after an employee at a gas station market there tested positive for the...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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Jonesboro latest site of possible hepatitis A outbreak
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health has warned of another possible hepatitis A exposure, the latest in an ongoing epidemic in the northeastern part of the state.
Health Department spokeswoman Meg Mirivel said Wednesday that an employee of Murdocks Catfish in Jonesboro tested positive for the disease. Mirivel says anyone who ate at the restaurant between Sept. 27 and Oct. 5 should seek vaccination.
Northeastern Arkansas hepatitis A outbreak unusually severe
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An atypical and unusually severe hepatitis A outbreak in northeastern Arkansas has infected at least 85 people and caused at least one death since February, health officials said Tuesday.
In the past week, officials recorded 5 cases of the contagious liver disease in the region. The state typically experiences fewer than 10 cases a year, nearly all of which are imported by international travel, said state epidemiologist Dirk Haselow.
Hep A outbreak continues at Paragould barbecue restaurant
PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) — Officials are again warning residents of a northeast Arkansas town of a possible hepatitis A exposure after an employee at a barbecue restaurant tested positive for the liver disease.
The state Health Department said Monday that anyone who ate at Ironhorse Barbeque in Paragould between July 25 and Aug. 10 should seek vaccination. Officials also advised all residents of Greene County ages 19 to 60 to get vaccinated.
Health official: Arkansas hepatitis outbreak likely to grow
PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas health official says a hepatitis A outbreak in northeast Arkansas is likely to grow.
State epidemiologist Dirk Haselow told The Jonesboro Sun that other states have seen outbreaks continue for more than a year and more cases are expected in Arkansas.
Hepatitis A outbreak spreads in Tennessee’s largest city
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee health officials say at least 74 people have contracted hepatitis A in Nashville since last December.
Health officials warn of hepatitis A in western Arkansas
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A day after warning Paragould residents in northeast Arkansas about a possible hepatitis A exposure, Arkansas health officials are warning residents of a western Arkansas city after a restaurant employee there tested positive for the virus.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The hepatitis A outbreak in Louisville and other parts of Kentucky is now the worst in the country.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding residents of the state to get tested for hepatitis and ask about available vaccines.
The agency says Maine has seen an increase in cases of hepatitis B and hepatitis C in recent years. The viral form of the disease is one of the top causes of liver cancer in the country.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At least 14 people have contracted hepatitis A in Tennessee's largest city in the last six months.
The Tennessean reports Nashville's Metro Public Health Department is offering free vaccines beginning Tuesday at three public health centers.
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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Recovering addict Judith Anderson figures if she hadn't entered a program that caught and treated the hepatitis C she contracted after years of intravenous drug use, she wouldn't be alive to convince others to get checked out.
The 74-year-old resident of Sallisaw, Oklahoma — about 160 miles (257 kilometers) east of Oklahoma City near the Arkansas border — said the potentially fatal liver disease sapped her of energy and "any desire to go anywhere or do anything."
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget proposal (all times local):
Caring for inmates and lower-income residents who contract the Hepatitis C virus is costing California much more than expected.
The revised budget Gov. Jerry Brown released Friday calls for spending $176 million more next year to expand treatment for the blood-borne liver disease.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials have announced enhanced efforts to prevent more hepatitis A cases in Kanawha and Putnam counties.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said in a statement on Friday that part of those efforts include embedding an epidemiologist at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state health department is recommending that people with certain risk factors receive a hepatitis A vaccine as the number of cases in Ohio has risen.
The Department of Health said Thursday there have been 47 reported cases in Ohio this year, compared with five cases during the same period in 2017.
Hepatitis A is a liver disease typically spread by ingesting even microscopic amounts of fecal matter from objects, food or drinks.
Four Corners Health Department would like to take some time to pass along some health tips related to alcohol use. It is a known fact that too much alcohol can be bad for our body, released information says.
Four Corners Health Department would like to take some time to pass along some health tips related to alcohol use, released information from the organization says.
Dear Dr. Roach: My 52-year-old sister was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol. She has significant financial resources and gold-standard health care. Her liver has failed to bounce back. This month, she was placed on a liver-transplant list. How long can my sister live with alcoholic liver cirrhosis while awaiting a liver transplant? If she complies with transplant protocol (no alcohol, no salt, counseling, etc.), how likely is it that any alcoholic receives a liver donation? The doctors say her MELD score is 25. Could her liver recover so that she won't need a transplant?
Keith Roach: Alcohol-induced cirrhosis doesn’t preclude a liver transplant
DEAR DR. ROACH: My 52-year-old sister was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol. She has significant financial resources and gold-standard health care. Her liver has failed to bounce back. This month, she was placed on a liver-transplant list. How long can my sister live with alcoholic liver cirrhosis while awaiting a liver transplant? If she complies with transplant protocol (no alcohol, no salt, counseling, etc.), how likely is it that any alcoholic receives a liver donation? The doctors say her MELD score is 25. Could her liver recover so that she won’t need a transplant? — S.H.
Food worker at Kentucky store diagnosed with hepatitis A
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Officials say a food preparation worker at a Kentucky convenience store has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.
News outlets reported Monday the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department is investigating a window of possible exposure to the liver disease from March 22 through April 7.
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Videoconferences helping Indiana doctors treat hepatitis
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials have started a videoconferencing program for specialists to discuss the treatment of a growing number of hepatitis C cases with primary care doctors in rural areas.
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Idaho budget panel OKs $3M for inmate hepatitis C cure
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's legislative budget writers on Thursday approved about $3 million for treating inmates with severe liver disease as well as half a million dollars to add 99 beds to the state's prison system as inmate populations continue to rise amid rapid state growth.
The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee voted 19-0 on both supplemental budget requests from the Idaho State Department of Correction.
The Monroe County Health Department is warning of a second case of hepatitis A in a food worker at a Tim Hortons restaurant.
Anyone who consumed food or beverages at the Tim Hortons at 404 S. Monroe St. from Dec. 10 to 28 may have been exposed to the virus, health department officials said.
The department is holding a free, walk-in hepatitis A clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday to vaccinate individuals who may have been exposed.
Maine dealing with uptick in cases of hepatitis A
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control says the state has seen four cases of hepatitis A over the past three months.
The agency says the state has seen a total of six cases of hepatitis A so far this year, and the increase in recent months is "unusual." Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease caused by a virus that can cause severe sickness that lasts several months.
Hepatitis A cases confirmed at 2 Detroit-area pizzerias
DETROIT (AP) — Health officials are urging customers who consumed food or beverages at two Detroit-area pizzerias to get vaccinated against hepatitis A after workers there tested positive for the liver disease.
The Detroit Health Department said Tuesday it's investigating a case at Paul's Pizza on West Vernor in Detroit and urges vaccinations by Friday for anyone who dined at the restaurant between Nov. 20 and Nov. 25.
Breakfast in Bethel to raise money for 4-year-old girl with liver disease
BETHEL — When AmberJean Hansen learned an anonymous woman wanted to donate her liver to Hansen’s now 4-year-old daughter, she was thrilled, but cautious.
Hansen had tried to donate her own liver to her daughter, Penelope, who was born with a rare pediatric liver disease. But just before the surgery, doctors realized Hansen was not a good match. A second donor later backed out.
But the third donor was committed to helping Penelope, despite never meeting her.
San Diego to open camp for homeless after hepatitis outbreak
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The city of San Diego is opening an encampment for the homeless.
The move announced Wednesday is meant to address both the city's homeless problem overall and a recent outbreak of hepatitis A that has hit the homeless especially hard.
The camp, in a public works yard near Balboa Park, will be equipped with tents, showers, restrooms, food security and social services.
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It's bad enough, just from a human dignity perspective, that there's such a scarcity of working public toilets and hand-washing stations for the homeless. Now, there's even more reason to get more facilities up and running.
Hepatitis A outbreak seen in Los Angeles County
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Public health authorities on Tuesday declared an outbreak of the highly contagious liver disease hepatitis A in Los Angeles County, the third California region to see significant infections this year.
Health officials reported the outbreak to the county Board of Supervisors, which requested a briefing due to the proximity of LA to San Diego, which has had more than 420 cases and 16 deaths since early this year.
San Diego plans tents for homeless amid hepatitis A outbreak
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego's mayor has announced a plan to erect three commercial-grade tents to house hundreds of homeless people in the face of a deadly hepatitis A epidemic.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Wednesday that the city needs to shelter people living in the streets as soon as possible so they can have clean restrooms and washing stations.
The city is working with three nonprofit agencies that will open the tents starting as soon as December.