A HEPATITIS A outbreak has been reported in the UK, and Public Health England is urging the public to watch out for signs and symptoms. Symptoms are caused by a virus that’s spread in the poo of an infected person.
Hepatitis A Causes, Symptoms and Treatment :
Hepatitis A symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and a high fever.
Eight cases of hepatitis A have been reported in Sussex, Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed. 5 of the cases were spotted in school children.
PHE has offered vaccinations to students and teachers at City Academy Whitehawk, Brighton, and pupils have been advised to avoid sharing drinks, in a bid to stop the spread.
The public is being advised to take extra care with hand hygiene, especially after using the toilet, changing nappies or before preparing food.
City Academy Whitehawk’s Head of School, Mark Church, said: “We understand that news of illness among children is always a worrying time for families which is why we are working closely with PHE and Brighton & Hove City Council, NHS Brighton & Hove CCG, and NHS England to ensure we can do everything possible to help prevent further cases.”
PHE South East’s Consultant in Health Protection, Dr. Margot Nicholls, added: “HepatitisA is usually a mild illness for children and the vaccinations at the school are a preventative measure to help prevent transmission and protect the local community from further cases.
“Since hepatitis A was confirmed in the local area we have worked closely with City Academy Whitehawk to ensure the health and wellbeing of pupils and staff.
“Together we have tried to ensure that parents are fully informed and made aware of symptoms of the virus as well as steps to take if they suspect they or their child may have hepatitis A.”
What is hepatitis C, transmission and why should YOU care?
Hepatitis C is treated with antiviral medications. In some people, newer drugs can eradicate the virus. source: mayoclinic.org