Oswego County Health Department Warns Of Hep A Outbreak.

Oswego, N.Y. - Oswego residents are being told , to be on the look out as there is an outbreak of the highly contagious hepatitis A virus.

Since June there have been 53 confirmed cases of the liver infection in Oswego County.

The county health department said most of the cases have occurred among at-risk populations . People also can get hepatitis A from contaminated food or water, or from close contact with an infected person.

People are urged to pratice good hygine, like proper hand washing and not sharing utensils or drinking cups, will significantly reduce the risk of getting the virus

There is a vaccine that prevents hepatitis A. The health department said anyone who has been exposed to someone with hepatitis A should get vaccinated as soon as possible.

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