Hepatitis A cases among Salt Lake homeless climbs to 118

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Health officials are now reporting 118 cases in a large hepatitis A outbreak among Salt Lake City’s homeless population.

Utah’s Department of Health reports 31 new cases were reported in the last month and officials have launched an aggressive vaccination campaign.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the health department received a $248,000 grant from Intermountain Healthcare to purchase thousands of extra vaccine dosages.

Epidemiologist Jeff Eason says officials are now only finding a few cases a week of the viral disease, which inflames the liver.

People are typically infected after eating or drinking food or water contaminated by infected feces or touching their mouths with unclean hands. It has spread through the homeless population due to poor hygiene and unsanitary conditions.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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