Indiana hep A alert

Indiana hep A alert

HEALTH officials in the US state of Indiana have taken the unusual step of warning residents if they plan to travel to the neighbouring states of Michigan or Kentucky they should get a hepatitis A shot.

There has been a significant rise in cases of the disease, with Indiana State epidemiologist Pam Pontones noting that with a number of tourist events coming up in the other states “we know many Hoosiers (Indianans) will be travelling to areas impacted by hepatitis A and we want them to be safe”.

The outbreaks are believed to be related to illicit drug use and “person-to-person contact”.

Pontones said getting vaccinated, washing hands before and after preparing food and eating and after using the restroom are effective ways to prevent the disease’s spread.

Source: traveldaily