An outbreak of Hepatitis A in Jackson County, AL is being investigated by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Officials fear that this outbreak may have spread to surrounding counties, according to a news release.

Persons at highest risk for hepatitis A include:

  • Users of illegal substances
  • Homeless persons
  • Men with same-sex partners

The ADPH says there is an effective vaccine to reduce the risk of developing Hepatitis A.

“We are in the early stages of this investigation, but we need to make sure everyone knows the importance of getting vaccinated and taking health precautions including good hand-washing,” said Medical Officer Dr. Karen Landers.

ADPH emphasizes that individuals who may be experiencing homelessness, using recreational drugs, sharing drugs or drug paraphernalia, having spent time in jail or prison, or men with same-sex partners need to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A.

To reduce the risk of Hepatitis A disease:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Wash hands after using the bathroom, before preparing or eating meals, and after touching anything unclean
  • Do not share food, drinks, eating utensils, cigarettes, towels, toothbrushes or drug paraphernalia

For more information, visit the ADPH website or contact the ADPH Immunization Division at (334) 206-5023 or toll-free at 800-469-4599.