Hepatitis A spike prompts warning

HEALTH authorities are urging those at high risk of hepatitis A to ensure they are vaccinated after a spike in cases, with seven reported in the past four weeks.

“Hepatitis A is usually acquired overseas, but so far this year we have had nine South Australian cases acquired in Australia,” SA Health’s acting director communicable disease control branch Dr Louise Flood said.

“We are urging those people who are at high risk of contracting hepatitis A to ensure they are vaccinated.”

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