In a follow-up on the hepatitis A outbreak in Nashville, Tennessee, the Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) report confirming 74 cases of hepatitis A  since December.

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MPHD continues to work with the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), as well as other Metro Departments and community organizations in response to the outbreak. Work continues to reach three at-risk groups. Those at greatest risk of exposure to hepatitis A in the current outbreak include: People who use drugs (not just injection drug use), men who have sexual contact with men and individuals experiencing homelessness.

The Health Department has led a hepatitis A vaccine campaign, along with community partners, to vaccinate more than 4,000 people in Nashville over the past two months. Vaccination initiatives will continue in an effort to end the outbreak, including working with organizations that serve the homeless, reaching out to the LGBTQ community, working with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office to vaccinate DCSO inmates, and efforts to reach those who use drugs.

Large hepatitis A outbreaks have occurred since early 2017 in several states, including ongoing outbreaks in California, Utah, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia, spreading from person to person primarily among people who are homeless and people who use illicit drugs.

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MPHD is working with TDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on testing specimens collected from those confirmed as having hepatitis A. MPHD has received confirmation from the CDC that genotype test results from samples in Nashville matched the strain of hepatitis A found in the recent outbreaks around the country.

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MPHD continues to offer free hepatitis A vaccine at all three of its Health Department Centers to the three risk groups. MPHD continues to receive additional doses of hepatitis A vaccine from TDH and more vaccine is available as needed.

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MPHD operates three health centers open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday:

  • East Health Center, 1015 East Trinity Lane
  • Lentz Health Center, 2500 Charlotte Ave.
  • Woodbine Health Center, 224 Oriel Ave.

An agreement with Neighborhood Health has been established to provide hepatitis A vaccine to those in the three at-risk groups. Neighborhood Health locations and hours of operation are as follows:

  • Downtown Clinic, 526 8th Avenue South (adjacent to the Room in the Inn campus)
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Madison Clinic, 601 W. Due West Avenue
    8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
  • My House Clinic, 442 Metroplex Dr. Building D, Suite 200
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday
  • Cayce Clinic, 617 South 8th St.
    7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Cleveland Park Medical & Dental Clinic, 1223 Dickerson Pike
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Eastside Medical & Dental Clinic, 905 Main St.
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Napier Medical & Dental Clinic, 107 Charles E. Davis Blvd
    7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday