Someone getting vaccinated at the doctors office. MCR/Hyttalo Souza/File Photo
MOHAVE COUNTY — On May 21, the Mohave County Department of Public Health released information about several confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in Mohave County.
According to the press release, in April and May, they identified several cases of hepatitis A in Mohave County.
Hepatitis A is a serious and contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. It is most commonly spread when someone puts something in their mouth that has touched the feces (poop) or soiled fingers of an infected person. Some of the things it can be transferred through are food, drinks or other contaminated objects.
Hepatitis A can also be spread through illicit drug use (whether injected or not) as well as sexual contact.
Some of the Hepatitis A symptoms can include, but are not limited to, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, dark urine, fever, loss of appetite, light or grey colored stools and jaundice.
People with symptoms should see a healthcare provider to be evaluated immediately.
The Mohave County Department of Public Health said the best way to prevent Hepatitis A is by getting vaccinated. One dose of the vaccine is 95 percent effective in preventing the disease if given within two weeks of exposure.
It is also important to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer after using the bathroom and before eating or preparing food.
The Mohave County Department of Public Health is working closely with partners to identify cases of Hepatitis A and provide a vaccine for those most at risk of getting the disease. This partnership also focuses on vaccinating individuals who use illicit drugs and/or are experiencing homelessness.
The public can speak with medical providers about receiving the Hepatitis A vaccination.
For more information about Hepatitis A and how to prevent it, visit www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm.
For more information about the vaccine, call the Mohave County Department of Public Health Nursing. For residents in Bullhead City, call 928-758-0703. Kingman residents can call 928-753-0714. For residents in Lake Havasu City, call 928-453-0703.