Health officials in Arkansas continue to report a hepatitis A outbreak, particularly in the northeast counties.
Since February 2018, 303 cases and at least 3 deaths have been reported as part of this outbreak. Greene, Clay, Poinsett and Craighead counties have reported the most cases.
The hepatitis A outbreaks in all 18 affected states are among injection and non-injection drug users, homeless populations, and men who have sex with men (MSM).
Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, highly contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV).
The hepatitis A vaccine is safe, effective and given as two shots, six months apart. Both shots are needed for long-term protection. It can be given to people with compromised immune systems, and getting extra doses of the vaccine is not harmful.
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