Arizona Health Officials Combat Hepatitis A Outbreak, Work To Stop Spread Of Measles

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 11:02am
Updated: Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 1:30pm

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hepatitis under an electron microscope
E.H. Cook, Jr./CDC
This transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image reveals numerous hepatitis virions, of an unknown strain.

Last week, two people died as a result of an outbreak of hepatitis A in Arizona. The outbreak has been growing since fall last year, and is currently up to 339 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The viral disease is threatening, in particular, a growing homeless populations in Arizona, and has even spread to two inmates in Arizona correctional facilities.

For more on how serious this is, as well as growing concerns over a potential measles outbreak, The Show spoke with Dr. Cara Christ, director for the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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