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HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK SPREADS IN NASHVILLE

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Officials say at least 14 people have contracted hepatitis A in Nashville in the last six months. Nashville’s Metro Public Health Department is offering free vaccines beginning Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at three public health centers. Officials say the city likely does not have enough vaccines to meet demand. The department has about 1,150 doses. A clinic that will help the city distribute the vaccines says that is enough to cover less than 5 percent of the at-risk population. Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by a virus, which can spread through close contact with an infected person. Symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and dark urine. An outbreak in Kentucky recently spread to more than 440 people. Four people died in that outbreak.


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