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Riverside man contracts hepatitis A, the same strain that hit San Diego

By in Press Enterprise on November 1, 2017

By Jim Steinberg

Health officials reported Tuesday that a Riverside man who contracted a deadly strain of hepatitis A does not appear to have spread the illness and has recovered.

Hepatitis A outbreaks have been reported in San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz counties, mostly among homeless people and intravenous drug users, Riverside County Public Health Department officials said in a statement.

More than 500 cases and 19 deaths have been reported In San Diego County this year, according to health officials.

In Riverside County, there have been seven cases and no deaths this year. And none of the prior cases was linked to other outbreaks, officials said in a statement.

While the Riverside patient has worked in San Diego County, Riverside County health officials said he is not homeless and does not use intravenous drugs.

The man’s blood samples were sent to the state for genotype testing, and it was recently confirmed it matched the hepatitis A strain from San Diego County.

That means the source of the infection was in San Diego County, Riverside County Health officials said.

“There’s no indication there are other related cases currently, but we are continuing to monitor the state and local situation closely,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, public health officer for Riverside County. “If we do detect further cases, the system is already in place to respond quickly and to make sure all our residents stay protected.”

Hepatitis A, a communicable disease of the liver. can be prevented by a vaccine.

“There is no indication he passed the disease to anyone else,” said Barbara Cole, director of infectious disease control in Riverside County.

Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests the virus from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by feces from an infected person.

The best way to prevent transmission of the illness is to practice good hygiene, like washing your […]    

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