NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Louisiana has announced an outbreak of hepatitis A in the hope of keeping the number of infectious liver diseases low. It is the 15th state to declare an outbreak.
Dr. According to Joe Kanter, the 25 cases of Louisiana are far fewer than in nearby states such as Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. He says the officials hope to convince the most vulnerable people about the vaccine and best coordinate the federal, state and community resources to fight the disease.
Risk groups include illegal drug users and those homeless, detained, or living in a transit camp
Kanter said the Office of Public Health purchased thousands of vaccines on Tuesday and worked with organizations to help homeless people and drug users to reach.
According to Kanter, most cases in Louisiana are in the Morehouse Parish and Baton Rouge.