In a follow-up on the hepatitis A outbreak in New Mexico, state health officials report 103 confirmed acute hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections with 2 associated deaths in adults ranging in age from 19-64 years in Bernalillo County since the end of October 2018.

The current outbreak has primarily impacted people who use both injection and non-injection drugs and people experiencing homelessness.

In addition, an acute case of hepatitis A infection has now also been confirmed in Santa Fe County.

“Vaccinating people at risk of exposure is the most effective tool we have to prevent the spread of hepatitis A infection during an outbreak,” said New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel.

The New Mexico Department of Health has provided more than 3700 hepatitis A vaccinations to the at-risk populations in Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties; and is working with community partners to increase awareness and education to help prevent the spread of hepatitis A.

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Handwashing with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom and before preparing food, plays an important role in preventing the spread of the virus.

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