"We believe our work to immunize at risk populations and raise awareness of the importance of the vaccine has prevented many new hepatitis A cases in our community," said Health Commissioner Gale Burstein. "So far this year, we've immunized 392 individuals who believe were at risk for hepatitis A through our outreach activities."
Burstein noted that the prevalence of hepatitis A, especially locally, is following a disturbing trend.
"In the past couple years, the number of hepatitis A cases have been increasing throughout the country and we know that this communicable disease is present in our community," she said. "Until 2018, we usually had between two to four reported cases of hepatitis A in Erie County each year, but in 2018, there were 32 new hepatitis A cases reported, and so far in 2019, there are 18 reported hepatitis A cases."
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