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Hepatitis A (Hep A)

The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health is advising of a local increase in hepatitis A, spread through person-to-person contact particularly in the following groups:

  • People experiencing unstable housing or homelessness
  • People who use drugs, or 
  • People who were recently incarcerated.

In November 2019, a Public Health Alert was issued advising healthcare providers to consider hepatitis A for patients in any of those groups.

This increase in hepatitis A through person-to-person is being seen nationwide.   More information is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis A?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Frequently Asked Questions provides a list of symptoms and recommendations.

What can I do to protect myself?