SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) A large Hepatitis A outbreak struck Salt Lake City, Nicholas Rupp from the Salt Lake County Health Department joined Good Morning Utah with Brian Carlson to talk about what their doing to combat the outbreak.
As of today, we are at 76 cases of hepatitis A in Salt Lake County. So far, Salt Lake County hepatitis cases have remained contained within certain higher-risk populations-people experiencing homelessness and people using illicit drugs-but we are concerned about the potential for the outbreak to spread to the wider community.
Regular, proper hand washing is the best way to protect yourself from hepatitis A. There is also a hepatitis A vaccine widely available at pharmacies, your health care provider, or a Salt Lake County immunization clinic (385-468-7468 for an appointment).