Oswego residents urged to wash hands amid hepatitis A outbreak

Oswego residents urged to wash hands amid hepatitis A outbreak

The residents of Oswego are being advised to clean their hands as well as not share their drinking cups amid increasing outbreak of Hepatitis A virus.

Since the month of June, 53 confirmed Hepatitis A cases have been recorded in the Oswego County.

The county department of health said that most cases have taken place among the at-risk population like drug users, homeless people as well as same-sex intercourse. Besides, people can also contract the liver infection from contamination water or food, or by coming in close proximity of an infected individual.

Jiancheng Huang, Oswego’s director of public health has urged the residents of the county to be careful about practicing proper personal hygiene. Simple measures such as washing hand as well as not sharing drinking cups or utensils will majorly lower the risk of the disease, said Huang.

Notably, Hepatitis A could make individuals mildly ill for some weeks or even severely sick for many months, as per the CDC. Several people affected with the virus don’t have any symptoms.

The symptoms of the infection include fatigue, fever, vomiting, reduced appetite, pain in abdomen, joint pain, dark-color urine or even jaundice.

There is one vaccine which can prevent Hepatitis A. The department of health said that any person who has come in contact with someone affected with Hepatitis A must get the vaccination immediately.

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After being a professional journalist for 5 years and understanding the ups and downs of health care sector all over the world, Debbie shifted her focus to the digital world. Today, she works as a contributor for Scoop Tour with a knack for covering health news in the best possible format.

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