JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio — The Jefferson County Health Department is reporting that Ohio has seen a surge of Hepatitis A infections and that gay men are particularly at risk, WTOV9, a regional station, reports.
Local pharmacies like Rite Aid in Steubenville are now offering Hepatitis A vaccines. The liver disease is relatively rare, but health department data shows the reported cases of hepatitis A has already surpassed all of last year’s cases.
“As of this morning, we have more than 80 cases in the state of Ohio,” said Annette Stewart of the Jefferson County Health Department, according to WTOV9. “All of last year, we had a total 45 for one year’s time. So, that is quite an increase.”
The disease is transmissible through contaminated food and bodily fluids, but not through skin contact.
In the meantime, the Jefferson County Health Department is reminding residents they have clinics available for various health services, including STI and diabetes screenings. A new clinic is opening in Bergholz. The new clinic will open at 387 3rd Street. Another new clinic opened in Toronto at the city’s municipal building, WTOV9 reports.