The New Hampshire state Department of Health and Human Services is warning about an outbreak of hepatitis A in New Hampshire. Currently, there are 79 confirmed cases and one death reported. This is the deadliest outbreak of the virus in New Hampshire  since 2005.

Maine residents need to be vigilant and aware of the risks associated with this outbreak, especially those who travel often to New Hampshire or are in contact with people who do.

Hepatitis A can spread from close personal contact with an infected person or caring for someone who is ill. Certain groups of people are at higher risk including, recreational drug users, and the homeless, although anyone can contract it.

Hepatitis A causes inflammation of the liver; severe infections, and can result in liver failure and even death. Symptoms include fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain, and jaundice.  Currently, there is no specific treatment for hepatitis A.

If you are concerned about contracting hepatitis A, your doctor can assist with getting you the vaccine.

Stay safe.

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