Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has confirmed a case of hepatitis A in an individual housed in the Erie County Holding Center (40 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo) earlier this month. There is a strong possibility that persons housed at the Holding Center between Thursday, August 2, 2018 and Monday, August 13, 2018 may have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus.
To protect the public and prevent the spread of Hepatitis A in our community, all affected individuals are strongly encouraged to receive the Hepatitis A vaccine.
ECDOH will host a free Hepatitis A vaccine clinic on Monday, August 27, 2018 from 12:00 Noon – 7:00 pm at the NFTA Metropolitan Transportation Center (aka Bus Station), 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo.
There is no charge for the vaccine and no appointment is needed.
Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. Some people infected with Hepatitis A virus develop severe illness lasting several months while others may only develop a mild illness lasting a few weeks. Hepatitis A can be spread by eating food or drinking water contaminated by the virus, sharing food or utensils or by sharing a bathroom.
Hepatitis A symptoms typically appear 15 to 50 days following an exposure. Typical symptoms include: fatigue, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, low grade fever, abdominal pain or discomfort, dark urine, joint pain, clay-colored bowel movements, and yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice).
For further information, contact ECDOH at 716-858-7697.