Officials announce enhanced Hepatitis A prevention efforts

May 11, 2018 GMT

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.

The agency’s Bureau for Public Health has confirmed 64 cases of hepatitis A in Kanawha and Putnam counties and eight cases in Cabell, Lincoln, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

Hepatitis A is a serious, highly contagious liver disease that can causes symptoms including nausea, vomiting, belly pain, fever and loss of appetite.