Maine saw dozens more hepatitis A cases in 2019

Published: Feb. 13, 2020 at 11:34 AM EST
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Public health authorities in Maine say the number of reported cases of hepatitis A in Maine climbed by dozens last year.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that reported cases of the disease rose from nine in 2018 to 45 last year.

A dozen of those cases were linked to a food-borne outbreak in Aroostook County in the northern part of the state.

Hepatitis A virus causes liver infection and leads to symptoms such as fever, fatigue, nausea and jaundice.

Maine CDC says the best way to prevent the virus is with a vaccine, and practicing good hygiene can also help.