Seems like de ja vu all over again. Another location. Another Hepatitis A outbreak. This time it is Nashville, Tennessee.
Otherwise known as Music City, U.S.A., Nashville’s had many hits, but it doesn’t want this kind. The Country Music Capital joins the growing list of locations that have had Hepatitis A outbreaks over the past year or so. That list includes places in West Virginia, California, Michigan, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Kentucky, and Indiana.
So far, according to an announcement by the Metro Public Health Department, there have been 14 confirmed cases of acute hepatitis A have occurred in “Athens of the South” (Nashville has a life-sized replica of The Parthenon) since Dec. 1, 2017. Confirmed is italicized because Hepatitis A is the complete opposite of the song “Sexy and I Know It.” The hepatitis A can cause fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain and even more serious complications such as liver failure and death. Many people who have Hepatitis A infections don’t even know it. They may mistaken the symptoms for other types of tummy trouble. Or, as I wrote previously for Forbes, a majority of those infected (up to 70%) may never ever develop any symptoms but can still spread the virus to others. Therefore, the actual number of cases is probably higher.
How do you spread Hepatitis A? Here’s the poop. Exactly. If you are infected with Hepatitis A, you can have lots of the virus in your gastrointestinal tract and what comes out of it, whether it’s poop or monkeys. If you don’t wash your hands well (and most of you don’t) after they go anywhere near where the sun don’t shine, your hands may then have poo and the virus. Then for anything that you touch, whether it’s your significant others’ face or food, poop there is (and the virus). Thus, it is your doodie and duty to always wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. And for feces sake, don’t prepare food if you are sick.
West Virginia is still confronting a Hepatitis A outbreak. According to WSAZ News Channel 3, the Cabell-Huntington Health Department indicated that as of last Friday, there have been 14 reported cases in Cabell County, West Virginia. CBS FOX 59 reported that the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department has confirmed over 80 recent cases of Hepatitis A in two West Virginia counties, Kanawha and Putnam. One of the cases was a food service worker at O’Charley’s Restaurant and Bar in Barboursville. Thus, customers who visited the restaurant from May 6 to 13 may have had take out without knowing it in a bad way.
Here’s a NewsChannel 5 report about the outbreak that mentions another problem: