Number of Hepatitis A Cases in Cleveland More Than Double From Previous Year

Thirteen new cases of hepatitis A have been reported in Cleveland from January 2018 to November 2018, according to data from the Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH). This represents an increase of 117 percent over the same period last year. These new cases have occurred during an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A in Ohio.

The hepatitis A virus is a contagious liver disease most commonly spread by the ingestion of food or water contaminated by feces (poop) or by oral contact with contaminated objects. Most infections result from contact with an infected household member or a sexual partner. Hepatitis A cannot be spread through coughing or sneezing.

The Hepatitis A infection can range from mild to serious, lasting a few weeks to several months. Anyone who is infected may spread the virus to others starting 1-2 weeks prior to symptoms appearing. Symptoms include fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, fever, yellow skin (jaundice), dark urine, pale stool and joint pain.

To get more information on how hepatitis A is spread and who is most at risk, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website at https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm#transmission

Free Vaccine Available

In response, CDPH will offer the hepatitis A vaccine at its health centers. The vaccine is available free of charge. Vaccination is strongly encouraged for at-risk individuals. Anyone concerned about potential exposure should speak with their health care provider, pharmacist or the health department as soon as possible. Below are dates and times that the free Hepatitis A vaccine is available in CDPH clinics. Note: Reproductive health patients can get the vaccination during normal clinic hours.

FACILITY DAYS TIME ADDRESS/PHONE
McCafferty Health Center Every Monday

 

1st, 2nd and 4th Wednesday

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday

8 -11 a.m.

 

8- 11 a.m., 1 – 4 p.m.

 

4-7 p.m.

4242 Lorain Ave.

 

(216) 664 – 6603

or

(216) 664 – 4120

J Glen Smith

Health Center

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday

Every Thursday

4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

 

8-11 a.m.

11100 St. Clair Ave.

 

(216) 664 – 2704

or

(216) 664 – 4120

The vaccine will also be available at the upcoming Homeless Stand Down, scheduled for Jan. 12, 2019 in Cleveland Public Auditorium.

Take steps to limit the risk of the hepatitis A infection and the potential infection of others by:

  • Getting vaccinated.
  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water.

For more information about hepatitis A, contact Adam Nation by phone at 216-664-2889 or by email at anation@cleveland.oh.us.