Illinois Department of Public Health Reporting Hepatitis A Outbreak, 44 Confirmed Cases Across Illinois

ILLINOIS — The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting a hepatitis A outbreak with 44 confirmed cases across the state. As of February 20, 2019, IDPH is reporting a hepatitis A outbreak comprised of 44 confirmed cases that are not associated with international travel and are not foodborne related.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says the majority of cases are among individuals at high risk for infection–including men who have sex with men (MSM), homeless individuals, and/or those who use drugs.  Most of the outbreak cases are among individuals who use illicit drugs and the majority have been hospitalized.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says updates will be provided weekly on Wednesday afternoons.

Illinois Hepatitis A Outbreak Cases
as of February 20, 2019*
Number of Cases 44
Age Range 20-63
Average Age 38
Median Age 39
Male 30 (68.2%)
Female 14 (31.8%)
Hospitalizations 29 (65.9%)
Deaths 0
Risk Factors
Co-Infection with Hepatitis C 6 (13.6%)
Co-Infection with Hepatitis B 4 (9.1%)
Co-Infection with HIV 3 (6.8%)
Reports Illicit Drug Use 27 (61.4%)
MSM 10 (33.3%)
Homeless/Insecure Housing 3 (6.8%)

* Numbers are subject to change

Confirmed Cases Meeting the Illinois Hepatitis A Outbreak Case Definition
County Number of Cases*
Champaign 3
Cook (Chicago) 3
Cook (suburban) 4
Douglas 1
Edgar 13
Ford 2
McLean 4
Peoria 1
Tazewell 2
Union 2
Vermilion 6
Will 2
Total Cases 44

Since March 2017, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified multiple hepatitis A outbreaks. States bordering Illinois – Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri – have reported outbreaks. To protect Illinois’ residents, IDPH, in partnership with local health departments, is offering FREE hepatitis A vaccines to those individuals most at risk — including persons who use injection and non-injection drugs, men who have sexual contact with men, and/or persons who are homeless.




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