Hepatitis A has caused an epidemic in South Carolina. It is a contagious liver infection that is caused by a virus. The main cause of the infection is coming in physical contact with an infected person. It includes sharing food and drinks. As per the reports, cooking food kills the virus and stops it from growing.
As per the South Carolina DHEC (Department of Health and Environmental Control), hepatitis A is spreading statewide. However, it has become the 21st state to do so since mid-2016. Furthermore, Aiken County also had declared an outbreak in February 2019.
History of Hepatitis A in South Carolina
According to the reports, every year South Carolina has calculated 19 reported cases of Hepatitis A. However, in the past four months, the doctors have seen a rise in Hepatitis patients. Sadly, there were 86 reported cases from Nov. 1, 2018, and May 10, 2019, in South Carolina. Unfortunately, out of 89 patients, only 29 survived.
Statement of director and State Epidemiologist Dr Linda Bell
Dr Bell stated that DHEC is putting more efforts to stop the outbreak. She further added that they created a task force recently who will control the virus by giving vaccines to certain groups where the risk is high.
Prevention of Hepatitis A
The main cause of Hepatitis A is poor hygiene. As per DHEC, always wash your hands after using the washroom, preparing meals, changing diapers and before eating. Plus, refrain yourself from having sexual intercourse with an infected person.