SALT LAKE COUNTY (News4Utah)- Two people have died due to Utah’s ongoing hepatitis A outbreak, health officials said.
The Salt Lake County Health Department said both victims were adults living in an environment they had previously identified as “high-risk” for contracting the disease.
They first death was reported in January, but officials say they were waiting on confirmatory tests to declare cause of death. The second death occurred in late March.
To date health officials have identified 212 cases of hepatitis A in relation to the outbreak, 148 of those in Salt Lake County.
The outbreak has been linked to a national outbreak first reported in San Diego in the summer of 2017.
Hepatitis A vaccine is given via two shots at least six months apart. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the first dose provides 94% protection against hepatitis A for 2–5 years and the second dose provides 99% protection for 20–25 years.
Vaccine appointments are available at Salt Lake County immunization clinics by calling 385-468-SHOT.