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.
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.
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.
The most effective way to prevent hepatitis A is vaccination.
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