ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona among several states experiencing Hepatitis A outbreak

Jun 8, 2019, 3:16 PM
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)...
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

PHOENIX — Arizona is among several states that are in the midst of a Hepatitis A outbreak.

More than 350 cases have been reported across eight counties since last November, and about half of the cases have been reported in the last two months, according to data from the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Two people in Arizona have died since November and 80% have been hospitalized from Hepatitis A, according to AZDHS.

Primarily, the cases have involved at-risk individuals like illicit drug users, people experiencing homelessness or unstable housing and those who have been recently incarcerated, AZDHS said.

Hepatitis A is highly contagious. The best way to prevent an infection is to get vaccinated.

The infection spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by microscopic amounts of stool from an infected person.

Hepatitis A can also spread from close personal contact with an infected person such as through sex or caring for someone who is ill.

People who are infected can spread the virus for about three weeks before and after symptoms appear.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A include fever, nausea, abdominal pain and jaundice.

Florida, Ohio and Kentucky are among the other states with a Hepatitis A outbreak.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, left, talks with Libertarian candidate Marc Victor, middle, and...
SuElen Rivera

Arizona US Senate candidates clash over views on abortion in debate

Arizona candidates for U.S. Senator met on the debate stage Thursday evening with the top three nominees defending their stance on abortion and women's rights. 
22 hours ago
Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, left, Republican candidate Blake Masters, middle, Libertarian c...
KTAR.com

Arizona Senate candidates spar on border security, illegal immigration

Arizona's southern border security and illegal immigration issues were hot topics Thursday night in the Arizona U.S. Senate debate.
22 hours ago
(Original Phoenix Greek Festival Photo)...
KTAR.com

Original Phoenix Greek Festival back this weekend for 61st edition

A beloved tradition since before most Valley residents were born, the Original Phoenix Greek Festival is back this weekend with its 61st edition.
22 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Tucson Police Department)...
Wills Rice

Tucson man sentenced 17 years for fentanyl sale resulting in death

A Tucson man was sentenced to 17 years in prison for selling drugs containing fentanyl that led to the death of a young man, authorities said.
22 hours ago
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)...
KTAR.com

Iowa man accused of making election-related threats to Arizona officials

An Iowa man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly sending election-related threats to two Arizona officials last year, including Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman, authorities said.
22 hours ago
(Facebook Photos/ Senator Mark Kelly, Blake Masters for Senate and...
KTAR.com

Watch: Arizona US Senate candidates Kelly, Masters, Victor share debate stage

With the start of early voting a week away, Arizona’s three U.S. Senate candidates are scheduled to share the stage Thursday in a live debate.
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
...
Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Why your student-athlete’s physical should be conducted by a sports medicine specialist

Dr. Anastasi from Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Tempe answers some of the most common questions.
Arizona among several states experiencing Hepatitis A outbreak