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Director: Jennifer Johnson

Hepatitis A confirmed in Skagit County


Cases 2
Hospitalizations 1
Deaths 0

See the Washington State Hepatitis A webpage for statewide numbers.

KEY FACTS

  • On December 12, Skagit County Public Health (SCPH) identified the first case of hepatitis A in a Skagit resident. On December 16, a second case was identified. The original source of the infection is still unknown, which indicates that there may be other unrecognized cases of hepatitis A in the community.
  • Hepatitis A is a very contagious liver infection that can be transmitted from person-to-person, or through contaminated food, water, or objects. No food or water sources have been implicated in these cases.
  • Snohomish County has also recently identified cases of hepatitis A.
  • Washington state is experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak in multiple counties in people who are living homeless or who use drugs. Lack of access to necessary sanitization resources, including restroom facilities and handwashing stations, is contributing to the spread of hepatitis A in this outbreak.
  • Washington is one of many states experiencing hepatitis A outbreaks.
WHAT IS HEPATITIS A?
HOW TO PREVENT HEPATITIS A
WHAT IS PUBLIC HEALTH DOING?
FOR QUESTIONS CALL
Skagit County Public Health
Communicable Disease
360-416-1500

FACTSHEETS

Hepatitis A Factsheet
English | Spanish

Cleaning to Kill Hepatitis A
English | Spanish

Hepatitis A Warning for People Living Homeless
English | Spanish

FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

Hepatitis A Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Guidelines

Communicable Disease Report Form

Notifiable Conditions Poster

Hepatitis A FAQ (CDC)

NEWS

12/16/19
Second case of Hepatitis A identified.

12/16/19
Press Release issued: One case hepatitis A confirmed in Skagit County
Hepatitis A is a very contagious liver infection. [more]

12/12/19
First case of Hepatitis A identified.