In a follow-up on the increase in hepatitis A cases in New Hampshire, the DHHS Division of Public Health Services’ (DPHS) Bureau of Infectious Disease Control reports additional cases in the state.80
As of today, health officials say the case count has risen to 19 since November. Eight out of 10 people required hospitalization. No deaths have been reported.
Six of the 10 counties have reported cases–Hillsborough (8), Rockingham (4), Strafford (3), Merrimack (2), Cheshire (1) and Cheshire (1).
New Hampshire health officials identified response activities necessary to prevent and/or contain an outbreak among at-risk populations. These at-risk populations include, but are not limited to:
- Gay and bisexual men (men who have sex with men)
- Persons who use recreational drugs, including both injection and non-injection drugs. This can include persons with substance use disorders.
- Persons experiencing homelessness and with unstable housing (e.g. “couch surfing”)
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) also recommends hepatitis A vaccination for any person wishing to obtain immunity (protection) regardless of risk. The hepatitis A vaccine is a very safe and effective vaccine.
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