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:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored stools
- Joint pain
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
Anyone who may have been exposed should visit www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav 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.