Hepatitis A Outbreak Reported In Worcester

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WORCESTER, Mass. (WBZ-AM) — An outbreak of Hepatitis A in Worcester, with 35 reported cases, has sparked a vaccination and public education campaign in the city. Worcester public health officials have been travelling to homeless encampments to offer vaccinations.

Worchester medical doctor, Michael Hirsh, said public health nursing teams have already distributed 210 vaccinations over the last three weeks.

“They’ve been going out in vans, going underneath the bridges,” Hirsh said.

Hirsh said Hepatitis A symptoms begin with fever and malaise, and develop into jaundice and acute liver infection, accompanied by pain in the upper quadrant of the abdomen.  

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Bill Marcus (@BillMarcusWBZ) reports 



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