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    Hep A Prevention

    Hepatitis A is a liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces or stool of an infected person. There are no specific medicines that can be used to treat hepatitis A infection once the symptoms appear.

    Symptoms can include yellowing of skin or eyes, tiredness, stomach pain, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea and fever.

    Vaccines are available for hepatitis A and provide the best way to protect yourself and those around you from getting infected.

    Hepatitis A Outbreak Among the Homeless and Illicit Drug Users

    test Health Department officials are currently investigating an increase in hepatitis A infections among people experiencing homelessness and/or who report illicit drug use in Pima County. Please see the information in the tabs below for the most up to date information about this situation.


    August 2, 2019 - Pima County is one of several Arizona counties currently experiencing an outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) that is disproportionately affecting homeless people and individuals struggling with substance use and addiction. READ MORE...

    January 18, 2018 -
     Pima County health officials continue to respond to an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A cases in Pima County. Hepatitis A cases have continued to rise within the County, climbing to 20 so far in 2019. READ MORE...

    December 14, 2018 -
    In response an increase in hepatitis A cases in Pima County, local health agencies are working together to increase vaccination against hepatitis A and educating those with a higher risk of getting the virus. So far in 2018, there have been 22 confirmed hepatitis A cases in Pima County. This number represents a sharp increase compared to just 5 cases in 2017 and 12 cases in 2016. READ MORE...

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