CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Tennessee Department of Health is warning that an outbreak of hepatitis A has killed one person and sickened more than 400 others.
The department says the outbreak most heavily affects Nashville and Chattanooga.
THE Health Commissioner SAYS that more than half of those identified with the illness have needed hospitalization and more deaths are possible.
A vaccine is available, and more than 36,000 doses have been provided to those most at risk.
Connie Bueker with the Health Department told us “Hepatitis A is a viral infection that is vaccine preventable. So there’s no need to get that natural infection that some people think works best. Get the vaccine, prevent the virus from attacking your liver and causing you some very general serious health deterioration.”
42 cases have been reported in Chattanooga since May.