Chesterfield Inlet dealing with a Hepatitis A outbreak, health dept. says – CBC

Jan 29, 2019

Chief medical health officer recommends washing hands with warm water, soap to prevent transmission

The Nunavut Department of Health has issued a public advisory warning Chesterfield Inlet residents of a Hepatitis A outbreak in the community.

The advisory said to prevent the spread of the infection people should wash their hands with warm water and soap after using the washroom, changing diapers, and preparing or eating food.

Hepatitis is a viral infection that affects the liver. Hepatitis A is “probably the mildest form of hepatitis,” according to Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief medical officer of health.

Patterson said the health department is vaccinating people who have been in contact with someone who is infected.

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