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Hepatitis A increases in Virginia



ROANOKE, Virginia (WDBJ) – Several cases of hepatitis A have been reported in Virginia. The Commonwealth has reported an increase in cases between Jan. 1 and Apr. 19 by 132% over the same period. According to the US Department of Health in Virginia

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1; Populations that have never been classified as at risk for hepatitis A. He says this disease is preventable with vaccines.

"What you should do every day is washing your hands, very good hand washing, and the other, this virus, because it can be administered in food, sure that your food is cooked," said Thomas Kerkering, chief of Department of Infectious Diseases of the Carilion Clinic.

Hepatitis A is spread by transmission through impure water and food.


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