ROANOKE, Va.– An individual who was hospitalized with hepatitis A problems after a recent outbreak has died, according to the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts.Health authorities said the patient had hidden medical conditions, and that no further details will be released in an effort to protect the clients personal privacy and out of respect for their family.This death is the first reported in association with the current liver disease A break out. [Woman files $500,000 suit versus Famous Anthonys, claiming to be a victim of restaurants hepatitis A break out] “My heart heads out to the friends and family of this individual,” said RCAHD health district director, Cynthia Morrow, MD, MPH. “Hepatitis A virus typically triggers self-limited swelling of the liver, nevertheless in this break out, we have actually seen a high rate of serious illness.”As of Friday, health leaders said there are a total of 37 confirmed cases including 26 hospitalizations.AdOfficials are urging anyone who has been to the following Famous Anthonys areas from Aug. 10 to 27 to seek medical attention if signs arise:4913 Grandin Road6499 Williamson Road2221 Crystal Spring AvenueSymptoms can consist of: jaundice: yellowing of the skin or the eyesfeverfatigueloss of appetitenauseavomitingabdominal paindark urinelight-colored stoolsAnyone with signs is urged to remain home from work, particularly if they work in food service, health care or child care.Hepatitis A can be avoided with a vaccine, which anybody can get at most health care suppliers and pharmacies.The Roanoke City Health Department located at 1502 Williamson Road will offer the hepatitis A vaccine on Thursday, Oct. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Friday, Oct. 22 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. No visit is required and walk-ins welcome.Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 – All rights scheduled.
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