Hepatitis A outbreak reported in Etowah County

3 cases of Hepatitis A confirmed in Etowah Co.

ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The Alabama Department of Public Health confirms three Hepatitis A cases in Etowah County.

Dr. Karen Landers says that's enough to qualify as an outbreak.

She says it's not surprising due to the many cases found in neighboring DeKalb County.

Landers says she expects more cases to turn up, but says due to their efforts in Etowah County, the overall numbers will likely stay low.

Over the last few months, cases have also turned up in Marshall and Cherokee Counties.

Hepatitis A is a liver disease and is fairly common. It has a number of symptoms, including:

*fever

*fatigue

*loss of appetite

*nausea

*vomiting

*abdominal pain

*dark urine

*clay-colored bowel movements

*joint pain

*jaundice

The health department recommends proper hygiene and vaccination.

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