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Hepatitis A cases continue to climb

NASHUA – Hillsborough County continues to be the most heavily impacted area of the state in the midst of a marked increase in Hepatitis A cases in New Hampshire.

Nashua Division of Public Health & Community Services Director Bobbie Bagley said New Hampshire is up to 204 cases statewide, which is an increase of 24 cases during the last three weeks. She said the numbers across the state are continuing to rise. At the same time, Nashua is continuing to take proactive steps to ensure people are informed and receiving vaccines.

“We’re encouraging for everyone to just get vaccinated,” Bagley said.

Two vaccines are administered for Hepatitis A. People can receive a vaccine at the division located at 18 Mulberry St. from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, 3-6 p.m. on Thursday and 8:30-10:30 a.m. Friday.

These vaccines are offered to people for free or at a reduced rate.

Hepatitis A is spread through person-to-person contact, or “fecal-oral transmission,” which occurs when someone uses the bathroom and does not wash their hands and then touches something that is going in the mouth of themselves or someone else, it can be contaminated with the virus.

“Anybody can get Hepatitis A,” Bagley said. “It’s just that population has decreased resources for clean water, washing their hands and happen to be impacted in a greater way.”