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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

  1. 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).
  2. Stay home if you are sick.
  3. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water to help avoid getting sick and spreading the disease.
  4. Watch for symptoms of Hepatitis A (listed below) and contact your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms.
  5. See your healthcare provider right away if you have been in contact with someone who has Hepatitis A.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A

  • fever
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • body ache
  • loss of appetite
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • 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.