On June 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Health Advisory for Hepatitis A outbreaks occuring in multiple states among persons reporting drug use and/or homelessness and their contacts. The HAN can be accessed on CDC’s website.
CDC recommends that health departments review the most recent data to identify communities that are at higher risk for unrecognized clusters of Hepatitis A outbreak. Health departments should also ensure that those who at high risk for Hepatitis A – including those reporting drug use and in substance abuse treatment programs – are vaccinated for Hepatitis A. Local health departments should also notify their state health department and CDC (firstname.lastname@example.org) of any suspected clusters of acute hepatitis A.
Additional Information & Resources
- Visit NACCHO’s Essential Elements of Local Public Health Blog to read the recent Hepatitis blog series and learn more about local health department’s role in preventing and fighting Hepatitis.
- CDC’s Hepatitis A website
- NACCHO’s Viral Hepatitis webpage has information and links to resources for local health departments