The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) is investigating a cluster of hepatitis A infections on Oahu. HDOH staff are conducting interviews with the cases in an effort to identify the source of infection.
Identifying the source of infection continues to be a challenge because of the long incubation period of the disease and the difficulty patients have in accurately recalling the foods consumed and locations visited during the period when infection could have taken place.
Healthcare providers have been informed and are asked to notify HDOH immediately if they have a patient they suspect may be infected.
Individuals who are interested in being vaccinated should contact their healthcare providers.
As of July 20, 2016:
Since the last update, HDOH has identified 22 new cases of hepatitis A. All cases have been in adults, 26 have required hospitalization.
All of the cases are residents of Oahu with the exception of two individuals who now live on the islands of Hawaii and Maui, respectively, but were on Oahu during their exposure period.
CONFIRMED CASES OF HEPATITIS A 74
Onset of illness has ranged between 6/12/16 – 7/14/16.
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