While the number of confirmed cases of hepatitis A in San Diego has surged past 500, the outbreak has also claimed 19 lives. As the outbreak continues, the San Diego Health and Human Services Agency has stepped up efforts to increase vaccination and sanitation.
In this issue, we’ll talk more about hepatitis A – it’s causes, symptoms and how you can protect yourself.
WHAT IS HEPATITIS A?
This virus attacks the liver. This is crucial because the liver is responsible for a host of important functions, including maintaining production of protein, blood clotting, and metabolism.
HOW DOES HEPATITIS A SPREAD?
The virus is triggered when someone ingests tiny amounts of contaminated fecal matter. Once in the person’s body, the virus goes after the liver cells and causes inflammation.
Hepatitis A can be spread a number of ways, including:
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HEPATITIS? AN INFECTION?
While the symptoms typically do not appear until a few weeks after the person has been infected, the symptoms include:
HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF FROM HEPATITIS A?
Your best line of defense is to get vaccinated. Beyond that, you should:
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We’ve been serving the greater San Diego County community for more than 30 years, and we’re trained and experienced to answer and resolve any biohazard and environmental cleanup need.
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