More than 1,600 cases of hepatitis A were reported during the Ohio outbreak.
The Ohio Department of Health has declared an outbreak of hepatitis A throughout the state after investigating an increasing number of cases in Ohio.
The ODH has launched the alert after finding an increase in the number of cases related to certain risk factors since the beginning of 2018.
The Cincinnati metropolitan area leads the rankings in confirmed cases of hepatitis. In all, 68 counties have confirmed cases and five people have already died this year.
Hepatitis A epidemics occur in several states of the USA. UU., Including the neighboring states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and West Virginia.
Since January 5, there have been 1,657 confirmed cases in Ohio.
Butler County had 267, compared with 127 in Hamilton County and 56 in Clermont County.
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As a result, there were five deaths and more than 1,000 hospitalizations. Hamilton County recorded 127 cases and Butler County, 267.
ODH stated that the data showed that one age group was between 2 and 81 years old and that 60% were men.
Restaurants in Hamilton County require inspections four times a year. The purpose of the inspections is not to close places, but to clean them.
To date, in 2019, three restaurants in the region of the three states have reported cases diagnosed with employees with hepatitis A.
“Every complaint, our staff investigates a complaint when someone thinks they are sick in a restaurant, we will inspect it within one business day.” We take all complaints seriously, “said Greg Kesterman, deputy county health commissioner, Hamilton.
Some people have a higher risk of getting hepatitis. Those who have direct contact with people living with the virus, those who are homeless and those who have traveled to areas other than the United States are especially at risk.
The disease, which affects the liver, can spread when eating or drinking contaminated food. Food may be contaminated if a person infected with the virus does not wash their hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and before preparing or touching food.
Symptoms of hepatitis A include:
• People in direct contact with people infected with the virus.
• Men who have sex with men.
• People who use illicit drugs, whether injected or not.
• People who have traveled to other parts of the United States and are currently affected by outbreaks.
An infection can last several months and be accompanied by symptoms such as fatigue, jaundice, joint pain, abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, dark urine, and pale stools.