“We will continue to respond aggressively, vaccinating high-risk populations, educating and working with partners in and out of Tennessee to seek additional ways to stem this outbreak," said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.
TPH says hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable disease that affects the liver.
The virus is transmitted via person-to-person interaction through contact of contaminated feces or consumption of contaminated food or water.
The TPH says that "the most at-risk groups for hepatitis A include recreational drug users, men who have sex with men and people experiencing homelessness."
The current hepatitis A outbreak is associated with recreational drug use.
“We urge anyone in the high-risk groups to get vaccinated as soon as possible, and will continue to work with state and local partners to provide hepatitis A vaccine to people at high risk for infection and educate people on how to prevent the spread of this disease," said TDH Assistant Commissioner for Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness Tim Jones, MD.
Other than receiving the hepatitis A vaccine, washing your hands with soap and water after using the bathroom, before eating and before preparing/serving food.
High-risk individuals are encouraged to get the vaccine.
More information on Tennessee's hepatitis A outbreak can be found here.
For more information on TDH services and programs can be found here.