For above poster, go to: https://health.hawaii.gov/docd/files/2016/07/DOH_hepatitis_A_poster.pdf
Chaminade University supports the Hawaii State Department of Health in its prevention of the spread of Hepatitis A. The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is currently investigating a cluster of Hepatitis A cases in Hawaii. DOH has confirmed 168 cases as of August 10, 2016, with most occurring on the island of Oahu. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection. Found in the stool of people with the infection, the virus is spread by consuming contaminated food or water, as well as through close personal/sexual contact. Household contacts are at particular risk for Hepatitis A transmission.
Steps to prevent the spread of Hepatitis A
- Get vaccinated
The Hepatitis A vaccine is highly effective in preventing Hepatitis A infection and is administered in two doses, six months apart. The Hepatitis A vaccine can be received at numerous locations listed on the Department of Health website(PDF).
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water to help avoid getting sick and spreading the disease.
- Watch for symptoms of Hepatitis A (listed below) and contact your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms.
- See your healthcare provider right away if you have been in contact with someone who has Hepatitis A.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A
- body ache
- loss of appetite
- abdominal pain
- dark colored urine
- pale colored stools
- yellow discoloration (jaundice) of the skin and eyes
Hawaii residents are encouraged by the DOH to consider getting vaccinated for hepatitis A.