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Virginia Officially Hepatitis A “Outbreak State”

7 May 2019 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

The Virginia Department of Health is warning of an increase in Hepatitis A cases statewide.

The rise in Hepatitis A is consistent with that in many other states across the country, and VDH has determined that Virginia now meets the requirements to be an “outbreak state.” The illness means inflammation in the liver, and ranges in severity from a mild disease lasting several weeks to a severe disease lasting several months. It can be spread across surfaces, objects, food, or water; from January to May 2 of 2019, the state saw 51 total incidents of Hepatitis A which led to 27 hospitalizations. Three cases were discovered in the Lord Fairfax Health District, which encompasses Warren, Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah, and Page counties.

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