Skip to Content

Join the 'Hepatitis A' group to help and get support from people like you.

Hepatitis A News

Hundreds Hospitalized in San Diego as Hepatitis A Outbreak Spreads

Posted 6 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 – An outbreak of hepatitis A among drug users and the homeless in San Diego continues to spread, public health experts report. To date, 481 cases have been reported, 337 people have been hospitalized and 17 have died, according to Dr. Eric McDonald. He is from the epidemiology and immunization services branch of the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. Cases of ...

Harvey's Health Hazards Will Continue During Cleanup

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 – Hurricane Harvey is finally winding down, but residents and volunteers in the Houston area must remain on guard against health hazards that will continue during the cleanup effort, public health officials say. Floodwater contamination will be the first and foremost problem people face as they return to their homes and businesses, said Cleveland Clinic infectious disease ...

Robotic Surgical Tools Tough to Keep Clean

Posted 1 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 – Even with repeated cleanings, it's virtually impossible to remove all contamination from robotic surgical instruments, a new study suggests. "One of the top priorities for hospitals is to treat patients safely and with minimal risk of infection," said study author Yuhei Saito, an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo Hospital in Japan. "Our results show that ...

Tips for Avoiding Back-to-School Germs, Illnesses

Posted 23 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 – Kids and germs seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. But, there are ways that parents can help protect their kids from the usual barrage of back-to-school illnesses, a health expert says. Make sure children get plenty of sleep and eat a well balanced diet, advises Jacqueline Stout-Aguilar. She's a registered nurse and an assistant professor at the Texas A&M ...

Serious Infections Tied to Suicide Risk

Posted 10 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 – People hospitalized for serious infections may face an increased risk of dying by suicide, and researchers suspect there's a biological reason for it. In a study of over 7 million people, Danish researchers found that those who'd been hospitalized for infections were 42 percent more likely to die of suicide compared to people with no history of serious infection. ...

Many Americans Traveling Abroad Lack Key Vaccinations: Study

Posted 9 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 – Many Americans traveling overseas are not immunized against highly contagious diseases, new research shows. Outbreaks of certain infections – such as measles and hepatitis A – could be prevented if more U.S. travelers got the recommended vaccinations, the study authors said. "Americans planning international travel should see their health care providers or visit a travel ...

Report: Fewer U.S. Hospitalizations for Hepatitis A

Posted 9 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Nov. 8, 2014 – There has been a sharp decline in the rate of hospitalizations for hepatitis A in the United States, a new study finds. Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that people get from contaminated food or water, or through direct contact with an infected person. Researchers analyzed federal government data and found that the rate of hospitalization for hepatitis A infection ...

Hepatitis: The Hidden Hazard

Posted 21 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 21 – Of all the diseases people worry about getting, viral hepatitis is usually way down on the list. Most often it's thought of as a disease that affects only drug addicts or the sexually promiscuous. Though those groups are at higher risk, almost anyone can contract hepatitis. "The vast majority of people who have viral hepatitis, especially hepatitis C, don't know they have it, ...

Vaccinations Belong on Parents' Back-to-School Checklists

Posted 20 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 20 – Vaccinations among school-aged children can save lives and parents should be sure their children are fully immunized as part of their back-to-school preparations, according to a pediatric infectious disease specialist. "These vaccines save children's lives; parents interested in keeping their child alive should have them vaccinated," Dr. David Kimberlin, a University of Alabama ...

Hepatitis A Vaccine for Children Lasts for 10 Years: Study

Posted 14 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 14 – Children younger than 2 who are given the hepatitis A vaccine are protected from the virus for 10 years, a new study shows. Hepatitis A is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver, and typically is found in areas with poor sanitation where it is transmitted through contaminated food and water. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that ...

Vaccination, Prevention Is Beating Back Hepatitis

Posted 10 Mar 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 10 – Decades of vaccination and prevention efforts may have the hepatitis viruses on the run, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC researchers tracked individuals' levels of antibodies to various hepatitis strains. Antibodies are a kind of immune system record of exposure to a particular pathogen, either through infection or ...

Ask a Question

Further Information

Related Condition Support Groups

Infectious Hepatitis

Related Drug Support Groups

immune globulin intramuscular, BayGam, GamaSTAN S / D, Biogam