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The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) and the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections in southeast Pennsylvania.

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There are eight laboratory-confirmed HAV infections among Pennsylvania residents in this outbreak associated with an Italian restaurant in Montgomery County. Of 7 people with information available, 6 (86%) have been hospitalized. One death is under investigation.

Health officials did not name the restaurant.

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Hepatitis A is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable, liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV) ranging in severity from mild infection lasting a few weeks to severe disease lasting several months. Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person. Hepatitis A can also spread from close personal contact with an infected person such as through sex or caring for someone who is ill.