N.J. hepatitis A outbreak: Number of cases up to 541 as hundreds line up for vaccines

An outbreak of hepatitis A in New Jersey has resulted in 541 confirmed cases of the disease since December 1, 2018, according to state health officials. There have been six deaths from hepatitis A in New Jersey during the outbreak. Officials note that of the 398 cases with full data available, 337 have led to hospitalization.

An outbreak of hepatitis A in New Jersey has resulted in 541 confirmed cases of the disease since December 1, 2018, according to state health officials. There have been six deaths from hepatitis A in New Jersey during the outbreak. Officials note that of the 398 cases with full data available, 337 have led to hospitalization. By contrast, there were 67 confirmed cases of hepatitis A in New Jersey during the same period of the previous year, and from 2013 to 2017, there were never more than 74 confirmed hepatitis A cases in New Jersey in a given year, CDC said. According to CDC, 28 states are currently dealing with hepatitis A outbreaks. The state that has been hardest hit is Kentucky, with 4,958 cases and 61 deaths as of October 19. In New Jersey, South Jersey has been hardest hit. Local health departments around the state have administered some 1,600 doses of vaccine and are "providing education and awareness to countless more." That figure is in addition to vaccines administered by private physicians, urgent care facilities, and emergency departments.