ZANESVILLE, Ohio — The Muskingum County Health Department is confirming a rise in Hepatitis A cases in the Zanesville area.
“Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. It is transmitted through what is called the fecal-oral route. In other words, ingesting food that has been contaminated by fecal material from someone who has active Hepatitis A. There are certain risk groups that are at greater risk for Hepatitis A which would include IV drug users, homelessness, incarcerated people, people with close contacts or household contacts with people with Hepatitis A, people with chronic liver disease, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C,” says Dr. Jack Butterfield, Medical Director at the Muskingum Co. Health Dept.
Butterfield says jaundice is a common symptom of Hep. A.
“The early symptoms could be symptoms similar to any virus: abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, malaise, fever, just generally not feeling good and after ten to fourteen days or actually up to forty to fifty days after infection, you can develop the jaundice.”
The health department says the best preventative measure is to get vaccinated.