The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reported an additional 26 hepatitis A outbreak cases during the past week, bringing the total to 2005.
Of this total, 62 percent required hospitalization and seven deaths were recorded.
Franklin (309), Butler (290), Montgomery (215) and Hamilton (143) counties have seen the most cases.
ODH has declared a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A after observing an increase in cases linked to certain risk factors since the beginning of 2018.
People at increased risk for hepatitis A in this outbreak include:
- People with direct contact with individuals infected with the virus
- Men who have sex with men
- People who use street drugs whether they are injected or not
- People who are incarcerated
- People experiencing homelessness
- People who have traveled to other areas of the U.S. currently experiencing outbreaks
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