North Carolina sees 1st death in hep A outbreak: 3 things to know

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on Nov. 6 confirmed the first death linked to an ongoing hepatitis A outbreak in the state, reports The News & Observer.

Here are three things to know:

1. Health officials did not release specific details surrounding the death, but said it occurred in October.

2. As of Oct. 31, North Carolina has seen 64 hepatitis cases in the state, 37 of which are related to the current outbreak. The state typically sees about 41 hepatitis cases annually.

3. Symptoms of hepatitis A include abdominal pain, low-grade fever, nausea, fatigue and jaundice. The virus is highly transmissible and most often spread via contact with fecal matter from an infected individual.

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