By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Officials with the Busan City Government in southeastern South Korea are reporting an hepatitis A outbreak linked to a local, unnamed restaurant, according to a Korea Times report.

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Officials say 64 people who ate at the restaurant between mid-June and early July  were infected and salted clams (jogae jeotgal) are suspected as the source.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Hepatitis A is a very contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. It can range from a mild infection with no symptoms lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months that can result in liver failure and death.

Hepatitis A is usually spread person-to-person when someone unknowingly ingests the virus by touching objects or ingesting food or drinks contaminated with undetectable amounts of stool from someone who has the virus.

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The most effective way to prevent hepatitis A is vaccination.