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Australia: Widespread hepatitis A local transmission among Victoria MSM reported

The Deputy Chief Health Officer, Victoria, Dr Brett Sutton issued an updated health alert concerning an hepatitis A outbreak affecting dozens of  gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), and people who inject drugs today.

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As of 12 January, 27 confirmed cases have been identified, and a further 12 cases of hepatitis A infection are being investigated. Of the 27 confirmed cases, all are male and most have not travelled overseas, indicating that hepatitis A is passing between MSM in Victoria. A number of cases have visited sex on premises venues or report using dating apps or websites. Some cases are being identified in people who inject drugs.

The hepatitis A strains detected in this outbreak are similar to those circulating in Europe. Since 2016, hepatitis A outbreaks among MSM have been reported in 16 European countries and across the United States.

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Victoria Health offers the following advice to health providers regarding this outbreak:

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