While not as bad as has been seen in other large cities, King County’s hepatitis A continues to spread locally, and the rate of infections has increased.
The CDC has warned that clearing encampments disperses homeless into the community where they may spread COVID-19, but Seattle and other cities are still conducting sweeps
A Lake Stevens man in his late 80s died Jan. 5. A woman in her early 30s from rural north Snohomish County died Wednesday, Jan. 1.
The individuals were hospitalized for treatment, one of whom has already been released.
Washington state is paying for the marketing campaign as part of a deal to give AbbVie the exclusive right to treat its citizens who have hepatitis C.
Since the end of July, Public Health – Seattle & King County has confirmed 6 new cases, bringing the total number hepatitis A cases in King County to 24.
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Since 2016, the virus has spawned outbreaks in at least 29 state, sickened more than 23,600 people, sent the majority to the hospital. and killed more than 230.
There have been eleven other hepatitis A cases in King County residents so far in 2019. In comparison, there were fourteen cases in all of 2018.
The outbreak includes 13 confirmed cases: nine in Spokane County, two in King County, one in Snohomish County and one in Pend Oreille County.
A growing number of hepatitis A outbreaks have been occurring across the country since 2016, especially among people living homeless and people who use drugs.
King Count has had total of nine cases in less than a year. Typically, we see no more than five.
Public health officials warn that these diseases can easily jump beyond the homeless population.
One reason for the shift, researchers said, is that hepatitis C, which used to be the leading cause of liver transplants, has become easier to treat with drugs.