Increase in Hepatitis A cases across Lucas County

Hepatitis A symptoms closely resemble those of the flu, which is often why the true diagnosis can be missed or unknown to an individual.

LUCAS COUNTY, Ohio (WNWO) - The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department is seeing an increase in Hepatitis A cases. So far, there have been five reported cases this year, compared to seven cases in all of 2017.

It's spread by touching or ingesting fecal matter. The main signs are nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting.

Keep in mind, symptoms can take a few weeks to show and you can be infected without realizing it is Hepatitis A.

"Those individuals who are infected, before they even show any signs or symptoms, those individuals are out infecting others because that's when they are the most contagious," said Kelly Burkholder-Allen, director of nursing and health services at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.

The disease can be spread by not washing your hands after using the bathroom, having unprotected sex with someone who is infected, using drugs or drinking or eating contaminated food and drinks.

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