THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017

Hepatitis A outbreak feared in Colorado

Officials with the Pueblo City-County Health Department in Pueblo, Colorado, alerted the public to a possible hepatitis A exposure that may have occurred on May 31 at Desert Hawk at Pueblo West golf course.


Dr. Christine Nevin-Woods, the public health director at the Pueblo City-County Health Department, told KKTV.com that any patrons of the golf course who might have been exposed should contact their physician immediately to receive an immunization shot.


“People who had ice, cold drinks with ice, or cut fruit on May 31, 2010, at Desert Hawk at Pueblo West golf course may be at risk for developing hepatitis A,” Dr. Nevin-Woods said.


Dr. Nevin-Woods noted that people who consumed cold bottled beverages from a vending machine are not at risk, but if they mixed those drinks in ice products, then they are at risk for exposure.


The early signs and symptoms of hepatitis A appear two to six weeks after exposure and commonly include a mild fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, pain in the upper right side of the abdomen, dark urine, light color stools and jaundice, Dr. Nevin-Woods said.


Hepatitis A virus is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter - even in microscopic amounts - from contact with objects, food or drinks contaminated by the feces or stool of an infected person.


Dr. Christine Nevin-Woods, the public health director at the Pueblo City-County Health Department, told KKTV.com that any patrons of the golf course who might have been exposed should contact their physician immediately to receive an immunization shot.


“People who had ice, cold drinks with ice, or cut fruit on May 31, 2010, at Desert Hawk at Pueblo West golf course may be at risk for developing hepatitis A,” Dr. Nevin-Woods said.


Dr. Nevin-Woods noted that people who consumed cold bottled beverages from a vending machine are not at risk, but if they mixed those drinks in ice products, then they are at risk for exposure.


The early signs and symptoms of hepatitis A appear two to six weeks after exposure and commonly include a mild fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, pain in the upper right side of the abdomen, dark urine, light color stools and jaundice, Dr. Nevin-Woods said.


Hepatitis A virus is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter - even in microscopic amounts - from contact with objects, food or drinks contaminated by the feces or stool of an infected person.