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Hepatitis A outbreak grows to 153 cases in Nashville

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Posted at 1:57 PM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 14:57:09-05

The hepatitis A outbreak in Nashville has grown to 153 confirmed cases since December of 2017.

Officials with the Metro Public Health Department have continued to work with the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), as well as other Metro departments and community organizations, in response to the outbreak. Work has continued to reach three at-risk groups.

Those at greatest risk of exposure to hepatitis A in the current outbreak include:

  • People who use drugs (not just injection drug use)
  • Men who have sexual contact with men
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness

More than 6,800 people in Nashville have been vaccinated since the outbreak was announced in late May. Upcoming vaccination outreach includes:

  • 12/13 Room in the Inn 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • 12/20 Rescue Mission (Men’s campus) 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • 12/27 Room in the Inn 9 a.m. -12 p.m.

Health officials confirmed walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment with Neighborhood Health, call 615-227-3000.