Health Announcements and Notifications:
Hepatitis A in Louisiana
The Louisiana Office of Public Health (OPH) is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections in Louisiana. This increase in cases mirrors the hepatitis A outbreaks occurring in other states, which are affecting certain risk groups:
- People reporting drug use (injection and non-injection),
- People experiencing homelessness,
- Men who have sex with men,
- Incarcerated or recently incarcerated individuals, and
- People who have been in close contact of someone infected with Hepatitis A.
While HAV infections usually resolve without treatment, illnesses and deaths in the current national outbreaks have been higher than usual due to older age and underlying health conditions, especially chronic liver disease, of people affected.
The public health response has included notifications to healthcare providers, offering vaccinations to people who are at high risk for HAV, and public education campaigns.
Additional Information: http://www.ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/3518
Other Notifications and Information:
STI rates in the U.S. - https://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/news/20191008/std-rates-continue-to-rise-in-the-us#1
CDC Influenza Facts - https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/updated/fluandyou_upright.pdf
Mumps Information - https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/
CDC Measles Information - http://www.cdc.gov/measles/