In a follow-up on the hepatitis A outbreak in West Virginia, state health officials report the outbreak cases since March has topped 2,000.

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Through Dec. 7, 2,018 Hepatitis A outbreak cases have been reported, including 5 fatalities. Slightly more than half the cases required hospitalization (1035).

Co-infections with hepatitis C and B, illicit drug use and homelessness are all considered risk factor in the outbreak cases.

Kanawha County, where Charleston is located, has seen the most cases (766), followed by Cabell County (261) and Wood County (146).

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Hepatitis A is an infection that can damage the liver, and is passed easily from one person to another through food, water, drug use, and sex.  Hepatitis A infection is a vaccine-preventable illness.  Symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain, and jaundice.

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