More new hep A cases reported in La. this week than typically seen in whole year

More new hep A cases reported in La. this week than typically seen in whole year
(Source: Louisiana Department of Health)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is reporting 26 new cases of hepatitis A since Friday, June 21. That means there have been more new reports in the last week than there are in a typical year.

New cases of Hepatitis A confirmed in Louisiana

Three hundred and twenty-eight people have been diagnosed with hep A since the outbreak began in January of 2018. LDH says you don’t need to get vaccinated unless you’ve come into contact with “someone in the at-risk population, including prisoners, homeless people, and men who have sex with other men.”

Otherwise, the best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands.

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