Officials in West Virginia Announce Enhanced Hepatitis A Prevention Efforts

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia health officials have announced enhanced efforts to prevent more hepatitis A cases in Kanawha and Putnam counties.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said in a statement on Friday that part of those efforts include embedding an epidemiologist at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.

The agency’s Bureau for Public Health has confirmed 64 cases of hepatitis A in Kanawha and Putnam counties and eight cases in Cabell, Lincoln, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

Hepatitis A is a serious, highly contagious liver disease that can cause symptoms including nausea, vomiting, belly pain, fever and loss of appetite.