Indiana officials report first death in latest hep A outbreak

INDIANAPOLIS, KY (WAVE) – One person in Indiana has died as a result of a hepatitis A outbreak spanning several states.

The Indiana State Department of Health made the announcement on Wednesday, but could not release the name of the patient due to privacy laws.

The hep A outbreak has caused nearly 4,000 illnesses in 10 states and resulted in multiple deaths nationwide, according to ISDH.

The department also reported 214 outbreak-related hep A cases have been confirmed in Indiana since 2017. The state typically sees around 20 cases in a year.

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Though rare, death could be a result if the illness is left untreated.

The symptoms of hepatitis A include:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Clay-colored stools
  • Joint pain
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)

Anyone who may have been exposed should visit for more information.

Indiana law has required school-aged children to receive the hepatitis A vaccine for school admission since 2014, according to ISDH. The vaccine is available at a number of health care providers and pharmacies throughout Indiana and Kentucky.

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