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Utah health officials fighting Hepatitis A outbreak

Utah is dealing with a large number of Hepatitis A cases, as an outbreak from other states reached here.

It’s a contagious liver disease. Utah normally has 4 or 5 cases a year, but now they have 87 since May. And the hospitalizations are much higher at over 60%. Health officials normally see less than 40%.

The cases seem to be primarily among the homeless population and those who use illicit drugs. It is primarily spread through not washing hands.

It can be prevented through a vaccine and better hand-washing.

Find out more through the health department’s focused website on the topic here.