If your end of summer plans include traveling for vacation, be aware that the Center for Disease Control is warning Americans about widespread outbreaks of Hepatitis A. Ed Herman of Brown and Crouppen is here to talk about what we should know regarding this outbreak.
Herman notes that Hepatitis A outbreaks have been reported in 30 different states, including almost 400 cases right here in Missouri. There have been over 20,000 cases total in America alone. Herman feels these numbers definitely qualify as a legitimate outbreak and is something to be taken very seriously.
So, what is Hepatitis A? Herman describes this disease as a virus, meaning it cannot be treated with an antibiotic. If you do get this virus, you must let it run its course. There might be some medicine available to help with the symptoms, but that is something to talk to your doctor about. Ultimately Hepatitis A is a liver disease that can cause joint pain, fever, fatigue, diarrhea, jaundice, among other things.
Herman explains how he feels part of the reason this outbreak might have developed is that many people around his age might not even know there is a vaccine available for Hepatitis A.
If you have not received the vaccine or are unsure about your vaccination history, talk to your doctor about what options you might have.