Hepatitis A Outbreak

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is investigating an increase in hepatitis A cases in north Alabama. This outbreak may have spread to surrounding counties. Persons at highest risk for hepatitis A include users of illegal substances, homeless persons, men with same sex partners, and close contacts. Other persons also may become infected with the hepatitis A virus. There is an effective vaccine to reduce the risk of developing hepatitis A.

“We are in the early stages of this investigation, but we need to make sure everyone knows the importance of getting vaccinated and taking health precautions including good hand-washing,” said Medical Officer Dr. Karen Landers. Currently, there are 14 cases under investigation. For more information, see the December 26, 2018 news release.

Hepatitis A is a contagious, vaccine-preventable liver infection that is spread in the feces of infected people. View our Hepatitis A Fact Sheet and Hepatitis A Poster for more information.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A

Symptoms of Hepatitis A usually occur 28 days after getting the virus, and may include:

  • Fever
  • Dark Pee
  • Feeling tired
  • Pale Poop
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Joint Pain
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
  • Yellowing of Skin or Eyes (Jaundice)
  • Stomach Pain or Discomfort

To reduce the risk of hepatitis A transmission, ask your health care provider about the hepatitis A vaccination. Always wash your hands with soap and water after going to the bathroom, after changing diapers, and before preparing any meals.

Medical providers can visit the Health Alert Network for more information. For Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for medical providers, please see the CDC's FAQ.

For more information, please contact the Alabama Department of Public Health Immunization Branch at 1-800-469-4599.

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Page last updated: January 8, 2019