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  • GA: 2019 Hepatitis A

    Source: https://www.wabe.org/hepatitis-a-inf...ng-in-georgia/

    Hepatitis A Infections Surging In Georgia
    Andy Miller, Georgia Health News • Mar 15, 2019
    Since January 2018, 170 acute hepatitis A infections, including one death, have been identified in Georgia. That’s more than six times the number of infections reported in 2017.


    Public health officials say they’ve seen a big increase in acute hepatitis A infections in Georgia...

    ...Since January 2018, 170 acute hepatitis A infections, including one death, have been identified in the state. That’s more than six times the number of infections reported in 2017.

    Of the 170 cases, 87 have been identified since the beginning of this year, said Public Health spokeswoman Nancy Nydam.

    About 60 percent of the infections have occurred in northwest Georgia, North Georgia and the Augusta area. But hepatitis A cases also have increased in other areas of the state, Public Health said...

  • #2
    Source: https://www.chattanoogan.com/2019/4/...ooga-Area.aspx

    New Case Confirmed Of Chattanooga Area Food Handler With Hepatitis A
    Friday, April 5, 2019

    Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District officials have confirmed a case of hepatitis A in a food handler at a Krystal restaurant, 2560 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe.

    An investigation found that this employee worked at the restaurant while infectious, from March 15-24.

    District Health Director Dr. Unini Odama said, "It is relatively rare for restaurant patrons to become infected with hepatitis A virus due to an infected food handler, but there might be some risk to the public, and therefore we are doing everything necessary to protect the public and anyone that might have been inadvertently exposed to the hepatitis A virus.”..

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    • #3
      Source: https://www.wsav.com/news/health-new...ant/1917570641

      Health department reports hepatitis A case at Savannah restaurant
      By: WSAV Staff
      Posted: Apr 11, 2019 11:53 AM EDT
      Updated: Apr 11, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

      SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) - A food handler at the Zaxby’s on Ogeechee Road has been diagnosed with a case of hepatitis A, according to public health officials.

      The Chatham County Health Department says customers at the restaurant at 5971 Ogeechee Road may have been exposed to the viral infection of the liver in late March to early April.

      “It is relatively rare for restaurant patrons to become infected with hepatitis A virus due to an
      infected food handler,” a statement from the health department reads. “However, anyone who consumed food and/or drink at the restaurant between March 29 and April 3 should watch for the symptoms of hepatitis A infection.”...

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      • #4
        Source: https://www.firstcoastnews.com/artic...0-fe4c47b0b0aa

        Statewide Hepatitis A outbreak reported in Georgia
        The number of cases identified is nine times higher than the total of 24 infections identified in 2017, the department says.
        Author: WTLV Staff
        Published: 11:58 AM EDT April 22, 2019
        Updated: 11:58 AM EDT April 22, 2019

        The Georgia Department of Public Health is reporting a statewide outbreak of Hepatitis A virus (HAV) after 250 cases of the infection have been identified.

        The department says the cases date as far back as June 2018. The number of cases identified is nine times higher than the total of 24 infections identified in 2017, the department says...

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