Hepatitis A Outbreak in California
Hepatitis A Outbreak in California: California is currently experiencing the largest person-to-person (not related to a common source or contaminated food product) hepatitis A outbreak in the United States since the hepatitis A vaccine became available in 1996. Hepatitis A virus is spread when virus is ingested by mouth from contact with hands, objects, food, or drinks that are contaminated by the feces of an infected person.
Common risk factors for hepatitis A include: traveling to a country where hepatitis A is common, being in the same household as or having sexual contact with a person with hepatitis A, being a man who has sex with men, and using illicit drugs (whether injected or not). Hepatitis A infection typically causes fever, a general ill feeling, yellowness of the skin, lack of appetite, and nausea. Severe hepatitis A infection is rare but is more common in people with underlying liver disease, and can cause the liver to fail, which can lead to death.
There is a vaccine that helps prevent hepatitis A infection. This vaccine can obtained from your health care provider, and is available at Student Health and Counseling Services. This vaccine has been included as part of routine childhood immunizations since 1999, and people vaccinated as children are not recommended by the CDC to seek additional vaccination.
Additional information on the California outbreak can be found at this link:
If you need further advice or health information, we have an advice/triage RN (Registered Nurse) whom you can call or with whom you can make an in-person appointment to discuss your health concerns, at 530-752-2349.