OSWEGO, N.Y. – Oswego residents are being urged to clean their arms and never share ingesting cups due to a rising outbreak of the extremely contagious hepatitis A virus.
Since June there have been 53 confirmed instances of the liver an infection in Oswego County.
The county well being division mentioned many of the instances have occurred amongst at-risk populations equivalent to males who’ve intercourse with males, drug customers and people who find themselves homeless. Individuals can also get hepatitis A from contaminated meals or water, or from shut contact with an contaminated particular person.
“I ask residents to be diligent about working towards good private hygiene,” Jiancheng Huang, the county’s public well being director, mentioned in a ready assertion. “Easy practices like correct hand washing and never sharing utensils or ingesting cups, will considerably cut back the chance of getting the virus.”
Hepatitis A could make folks mildly sick for just a few weeks or severely unwell for a number of months, in accordance with the federal Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. Many individuals with the virus don’t have any signs.
Signs can embody fever, fatigue, lack of urge for food, nausea, vomiting, stomach ache, darkish‐coloured urine, clay‐coloured stools, joint ache, or jaundice.
There’s a vaccine that stops hepatitis A. The well being division mentioned anybody who has been uncovered to somebody with hepatitis A ought to get vaccinated as quickly as attainable.
Anybody experiencing signs or has been in shut contact with somebody recognized with the virus ought to contact their well being care supplier or the Oswego well being division at 315-349-3547.