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Spread Of Hepatitis A Slowing In State

Last updated on Thursday, December 20, 2018

(UNDATED) - The Indiana Department of Health says the spread of Hepatitis A is slowing down, but they are still seeing new cases.

Public and private health providers have vaccinated 99,411 Hoosiers since January.

More than 770 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with the highly contagious liver infection over the past year. Two people have died and 372 have been hospitalized.

In Lawrence County, there were 52 confirmed cases and more than 3,600 were vaccinated. In Monroe County there were 14 cases, Jackson County had 25, Orange County had 16,and Washington County had 20 cases. Clark County saw the most cases at 81 and Lawrence County following with the second highest in the state.

Data from the Indiana State Department of Health shows the number of new Hepatitis A cases started a downward trend last month.

The state continues to work with county health departments to vaccinate at-risk populations, including people who use drugs, those experiencing homelessness, people who've been incarcerated, and men who have sex with men and to educate the public on how the disease spreads through fecal-oral means.

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