Vaccines Helping End Hepatitis A Outbreak in Southeast Missouri

A hepatitis A outbreak that started in Southeast Missouri in September two years ago appears to be at a slower pace, but health officials say, vaccines are needed to make sure the outbreak doesn’t rekindle. Officials say, 426 cases of Hepatitis A have been reported in Missouri since September of 2017. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has reported that the local counties of Scott Stoddard and Butter County had a total of 185 confirmed cases. There were a total of 35 reported cases in Scott County and an additional 39 cases in Stoddard County. There were over 100 cases confirmed in Butler County. Health officials believe Butler County is where the outbreak began.Officials say, it exploded here in Butler County. They say that between September 2017, and November 2018 they saw 109 cases, and a couple more additional cases, and there were 111 confirmed cases. Officials say, they know it was connected to drug use. Officials added that in about 80% of cases they either self identified as having used some type of recreational drugs, or they were in close proximity of someone who did. Officials say,   many of the cases reported in Butler County were related to the use of methamphetamine, marijuana, and heroin

 

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