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By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting on the increasing incidence of hepatitis A in Clark County this year.

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During the first six months of the year, 49 outbreak-associated cases have been reported. Since Nov. 2018, , there have been 83 hepatitis A cases associated with this outbreak.

Nearly nine out of 10 cases required hospitalization and one fatality has been reported.

This outbreak of hepatitis, like many others across the country, is seen primarily among individuals who use drugs (injection or non-injection) and/or are experiencing homelessness.

Since the hepatitis A outbreak was declared in Clark County, Nevada on June 19, 2019, the Southern
Nevada Health District has administered 995 hepatitis A vaccinations to adults age 18 and older, and a total of 1,785 hepatitis A vaccinations have been administered to adults by all providers in Clark County as a whole.