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Hepatitis A Outbreak Spreads in Indiana

By Indianapolis Star on 5/1/2018

The hepatitis A outbreak that spread from Kentucky to southern Indiana has reached the Indianapolis area with a few central Indiana cases included in the 77 casese confirmed this year. Most of Indiana's cases of the highly contagious infection fall in the southern part of the state, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. But Hendricks County has also seen fewer than five cases related to the outbreak.

In Kentucky, which first noted the outbreak in November, the caseload has reached 400 and haas been linked to illicit drug use and homelessness. The Kentucky cases have been linked to similar outbreaks in California and Utah.

Normally, Indiana sees an average of 20 cases a year. About half of those who have fallen ill this year have been hospitalized. No one has died in Indiana in 2018.