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|
|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%)|
|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*|
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.