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    Posted: August 12 2018 at 7:26am
Health official: Arkansas hepatitis outbreak likely to grow
The Associated Press

August 11, 2018 12:51 PM

Updated August 11, 2018 12:52 PM
PARAGOULD, Ark.

An Arkansas health official says a hepatitis A outbreak in northeast Arkansas is likely to grow.

State epidemiologist Dirk Haselow told The Jonesboro Sun that other states have seen outbreaks continue for more than a year and more cases are expected in Arkansas.

The outbreak began in February and includes restaurants in Corning, Walnut Ridge and Paragould with 83 people infected as of Friday. A person in western Arkansas has also tested positive for the disease.

State Health Department spokeswoman Me Mirivel said the state generally sees three or four cases of hepatitis A per year.

Read more here: https://www.bradenton.com/news/local/health-care/article216513935.html#storylink=cpy

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How are people getting it? Needles? Sex? Eating Out? Article does not say. I can tell you I am getting skittish about eating out because unlike years ago (like 52 years ago) people working in restaurants do not get blood tests to see if they have no communicable diseases.    I think that we should start testing people who work in the food business and handle people's food to make sure they are clean of diseases.
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I believe that homelessness is a factor. People with no roof also have no toilet. Hep A is transmissable by water.

I think there is a vaccine.
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I am not a physician. I have done some reading and reporting on hepatitis. As I understand it, hepatitis A is more likely food-borne, B is sexually transmitted, and hepatitis C is most frequently transmitted as a blood-borne pathogen. Stay clean.
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Correct, but not the whole story.

    Hepatitis A: Transmission is chiefly by drinking contaminated water or eating contaminated food. Hepatitis A can also be spread through infected feces, poor sanitation, and certain sex practices. (fecal oral route)

Hepatitis B: Transmission is via exposure to infected blood, semen, or other bodily fluids. Hepatitis B can spread from mother to baby, or via contact with infected bodily fluids, including through sexual contact or used needles.

Hepatitis C: Usually transmitted through exposure to infected blood. However, a person can also contract hepatitis C through sexual intercourse.

Hepatitis D: People may develop hepatitis D after being infected with hepatitis B.

Hepatitis E: Transmission is by drinking contaminated water or eating contaminated foods.

Hepatitis G virus (HGV) or GB-virus type C (GBV-C) is distributed globally and is present in the volunteer blood donor population. For epidemiological studies, HGV is of interest in hemodialysis patients who are at risk of parenterally transmitted infections. The role of HGV in producing illness and hepatic disease has yet to be determined. A review of literature was performed in 2009 to summarize scientific reports on epidemiology and pathogenesis of the HGV infection and its exposure through hemodialysis.


Doctors typically consider hepatitis types B and C to be the most concerning of the five types.

What happned to hep. F? Hepatitis F: It was formerly believed that a virus isolated from rare blood samples was able to cause hepatitis, and this virus was designated hepatitis F virus. ... There is no known hepatitis F virus.
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