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A hepatitis A outbreak has hospitalized 21 people in Mombasa, Kenya in recent days, according to local media.

Kenya/CIA

Kenya/CIA

The viral disease has been on the rise since January among schoolchildren. Mombasa Health executive Mohammed Abdi said, “We have got an outbreak of hepatitis A which we discovered in January in the schools around Mvita where we had a few cases which we made a follow up on and treated.

“Right now we have had a recurrence of the same over the Easter break.”

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.  A person can transmit the virus to others up to 2 weeks before and one week after symptoms appear.

Typical symptoms of hepatitis A include, but are not limited to: fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

There are no specific treatments once a person gets hepatitis A.  However, it can be prevented through vaccination or through receipt of a medicine called immune globulin.  This medicine contains antibodies from other people who are immune to Hepatitis A.

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