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Agency: Hepatitis A outbreak spreads into Rio Arriba County

September 20, 2019 GMT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials say an outbreak of hepatitis A cases has spread into northern New Mexico’s Rio Arriba County.

The state Department of Health’s announcement Friday says two cases of infections involving the contagious liver disease have been confirmed in Rio Arriba County and says both are related to an ongoing outbreak centered on the Albuquerque area in Bernalillo County.

The department says the outbreak primarily impacts homeless people and people who use injection or non-injection drugs.

The 145 cases of acute hepatitis A virus infections reported so far include 137 in Bernalillo County, six in Santa Fe County and now the two in Rio Arriba County.

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The cases include two deaths.

The department says the risk of hepatitis A infection is associated with poor sanitation and hygiene.