New numbers show spread of Hepatitis A in Virginia

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According to the numbers, there have been 54 confirmed cases of Hep A in the commonwealth from January 1 through May 30.

The Cumberland Plateau Health District has the most new cases in the state with 17. The district includes Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell Counties.

The Lenowisco Health District (Lee, Wise and Scott Counties and the City of Norton), has had four new cases since the beginning of 2019.

The Mount Rogers district (Washington, Smyth, Grayson, Wythe, Carroll and Bland Counties), also had four cases.

According to VDH, 30 of these cases resulted in hospitalizations. No deaths have been reported.

According to VDH, Hepatitis A is a type of liver inflammation. Symptoms include tiredness, poor appetite, fever and nausea.

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