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(304) 558-5358, extension 1

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Charleston, WV 25301

Multistate Outbreak of Hepatitis A


Since March 2018, the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health has reported an increase in the number of confirmed cases of acute hepatitis A virus. This increase in cases has primarily been among injection and non-injection drug users, homeless or mobile individuals, and those who have been recently incarcerated. Viral sequencing has linked cases from Kentucky and California.

The Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology will provide a weekly update on case counts. The epidemic curve below shows 2018 confirmed hepatitis cases by date of symptom onset.

Please note: Data are provisional and subject to change. Illnesses that began after 7/8/18 might not have been reported yet due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported and investigated.

West Virginia Hepatitis A Outbreak Cases*
as of August 17, 2018**
Number of Cases 975
Age Range 12-82
Median Age 37
Male 584 (59.9%)
Hospitalizations 532 (54.6%)
Deaths 2
Risk Factors
Co-infection with Hepatitis C
(Information available for 843 cases)
519 (61.6%)
Co-infection with Hepatitis B
(Information available for 843 cases)
95 (11.3%)
Reports Illicit Drug Use
(Information available for 811 cases)
636 (78.4%)
Homeless 124 (12.7%)
*: Table does not include all reported hepatitis A cases in the outbreak region; only those cases that are identified as outbreak-related. Data are provisional and subject to change.
**: Updated 12:00 PM each Friday

Cases Meeting the WV Hepatitis A Outbreak Case Definition
County*** Number of Cases
Kanawha 513
Cabell 194
Putnam 83
Boone 31
Wayne 29
Lincoln 18
Jackson 17
Mason 17
Logan 14
Raleigh 13
Wood 8
Nicholas 6
Mercer 5
Berkeley <5
Braxton <5
Calhoun <5
Clay <5
Fayette <5
Greenbrier <5
Hancock <5
McDowell <5
Monongalia <5
Pleasants <5
Randolph <5
Roane <5
Webster <5
Wyoming <5
***: This may not accurately reflect the current residence of the patient.

*Epidemiological data will be updated weekly and posted each Friday.

Information on the multi-state hepatitis A outbreak can be found HERE

Click HERE to view an informational video on hepatitis A and the outbreak.