Publication date: Aug 11, 2019
CLOSE Trenton Burrell, who was diagnosed with hepatitis A, stands in Akron, Ohio, on July 23, 2019.
Within days, the 40-year-old landed in the hospital, diagnosed with the highly contagious liver virus hepatitis A, which has infected more than 3,220 people in Ohio and killed at least 15.
Hepatitis A: Florida health officials declare public health emergency Homeless are suffering: Risk of hepatitis, typhus and other diseases is growing Summit County Public Health nurse Rachel Flossie gives a hepatitis A vaccination to Vicki Rhea during a South Street Ministries program in Akron, Ohio, on July 23, 2019.
But anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated can get hepatitis A – as Akron health officials are now finding out.
-It’s getting into the general public,” said Tracy Rodriguez, communicable disease supervisor for Summit County Public Health.
Hepatitis A thrives in unsanitary conditions and spreads as easily as a stomach virus: People ingest minuscule amounts of an infected person’s stool from food, drinks, drug equipment or objects as commonplace as doorknobs.
The virus has stricken more people in Ohio than any other state but Kentucky, where it infected more than 4,800 people and killed at least 60.
Hepatitis A contamination: Kroger recalls frozen berries after FDA warning ‘Vampire facial’: Spa in New Mexico may have exposed clients to HIV, hepatitis Simon Haeder, an assistant professor of public policy at Pennsylvania State University, said the outbreaks show how the addiction crisis and the diseases it fuels endanger everyone, while also revealing cracks in the nation’s patchwork, poorly funded public health system.
The power of a vaccine Syringes loaded with the hepatitis A vaccine during a South Street Ministries program in Akron, Ohio, on July 23, 2019.
(Photo: Maddie McGarvey) Hepatitis A, which infects liver cells and causes inflammation, can be mild or severe, and in rare cases leads to liver failure and death, especially in older people and those with other liver diseases.
They have administered more than 550 vaccinations, targeting people at the county jail, syringe services programs, drug treatment centers, post-incarceration support groups and homeless communities.
Kentucky’s hepatitis A: Outbreak claims another victim, raising the death toll to 44 ‘Too low and too slow’: Kentucky’s response to the nation’s worst hepatitis A outbreak Summit County Public Health nurse Rachel Flossie, left, and communicable disease supervisor Tracy Rodriguez prepare to give vaccinations to clients during a South Street Ministries program in Akron, Ohio, on July 23, 2019.
(Photo: Maddie McGarvey) On a recent afternoon, Rodriguez and fellow health department nurse Rachel Flossie vaccinated 26 participants of a post-incarceration reentry program run by South Street Ministries.
Jessica Gilbert, 33, got her second dose of hepatitis A vaccine during a South Street Ministries program in Akron, Ohio, on July 23, 2019.
Public health nurse Yvonne Demyan does the same when she brings vaccines to a syringe services program in a strip mall health department office.
Because that’s exactly what’s gonna happen if you get hepatitis A. ” Summit County Public Health nurse Rachel Flossie gives a hepatitis A vaccination to Robert Wolf, 24, during a South Street Ministries program in Akron, Ohio, on July 23, 2019.
A 2018 survey by the National Association of County and City Health Officials found 23% of local health departments serving populations under 50,000 – and 19% of all local health departments – expect budget cuts in the next fiscal year.
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