Hepatitis A cases skyrocket in Louisiana


There are more cases tonight of a viral infection in Louisiana.

As part of a nationwide outbreak sweeping the country, health officials in Louisiana report Hepatist A cases at 375 as of July 18th.
Doctors say there are different types of the Hepatitis viruses but no vaccine available for Hepatitis C. There are vaccinations, however, for Hepatitis A.

“Hepatitis A tends to be one of the more milder forms of Hepatitis and that is fairly traditionally one of the milder ones. Unfortunately, during this outbreak that has occurred for the past year and a half two years, it’s turning out to be more serious than it originally was. We used to have hospitalization rates at about 20 to 25 percent,” says Dr. Frank Welch, Medical Director with the Louisiana Department of Health.

Dr. Joseph Thomas Jr. MD, Medical Director of Juban Point Urgent Care says Hepatitis is a disease-causing inflammation of the liver. The disease is divided into three categories; type A, which is a food-borne virus, and B and C, which are both blood-borne pathogens.

Symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain, and jaundice.

Vaccines are available to combat Hepatitis A. They can be found at your regular doctor or pharmacy.

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