South Carolina declares statewide hepatitis A outbreak amid 400% increase in cases
[MAIL] South Carolina has declared a statewide hepatitis outbreak after cases surged four-fold.
Hepatitis A has seen a resurgence in recent years across the US. Between 2016 and 2018, there were 300 percent more cases than there had been in the previous three year period, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week.
In South Carolina, what began as a single county outbreak has spread to 19 jurisdictions, leading to 59 hospitalizations and even killing one person.
South Carolina is not, in fact, among the nine US states that have seen hepatitis A increases of 500 percent or more - but it does have one of the highest rates of opioid prescriptions of any US states.
And health officials blame the rise in hepatitis A on the opioid epidemic, which has fueled both dangerous needle sharing and homelessness.
Posted by: Skidmark 2019-05-15