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New Jersey Department of Health identified increase in number of hepatitis A

Christian Fernsby |
The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has identified an increase in the number of hepatitis A (HAV) cases among persons reporting homelessness, drug use, Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and recent incarceration.

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This increase is not unique to New Jersey as several other states are also reporting similar increases.

While these risk factors have been most commonly identified, increases in hepatitis A cases have also been observed in those without these risk factors.

In an effort to collect standardized information from all states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created an outbreak case definition1 which New Jersey is using to identify and count cases.

The tables below describe total case counts and outbreak-associated cases.

Number of confirmed HAV cases2 reported during the outbreak time period (12/1/18 to 11/2/19) compared to the number of cases reported during this same time period last year.

Of the 541 HAV cases reported, 512 cases meet the outbreakassociated case definition.

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