Public Health Alerts


DHEC declared a statewide outbreak of hepatitis A on May 13, 2019 and has continued to monitor the infection as cases have increased across South Carolina. What started as a localized outbreak in Aiken County quickly moved northeast along the I-20 corridor and into surrounding counties.

“Given the steady increase in cases, we determined that South Carolina is experiencing an outbreak,” said Dr. Linda Bell, state epidemiologist and director of the Bureau of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control. “As a result, DHEC is intensifying efforts to control the spread of hepatitis A to avoid a severe outbreak that could threaten the general population.” 

DHEC has established a hepatitis A task force that is coordinating efforts to control the spread of the virus by increasing vaccination rates among high-risk groups, establishing partnerships critical to reaching those groups, and conducting outreach and education efforts. 

DHEC is offering free vaccines to adults who may be at higher risk for hepatitis A:

  • People who use injection or non-injection drugs
  • People who are homeless
  • People who are or recently were incarcerated
  • Men who have sex with men
  • People with chronic liver disease like cirrhosis, hepatitis B or C  
  • People who are traveling to countries where hepatitis A is common
  • People with chronic liver disease like cirrhosis, hepatitis B or C as they have an increased risk of complications if infected with hepatitis A

 

DHEC would like to partner more closely with SC hospitals located in areas with a high-risk of hepatitis A. Those facilities include:

  • Trident Health System
  • Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital
  • Grand Strand Medical Center
  • Spartanburg Medical Center
  • Lexington Medicla Center
  • Prisma Health Richland Hospital
  • MUSC Medical Center
  • McLeod Regional Medical Center
  • AnMed Health Medical Center
  • Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital
  • Prisma Health Baptist Hospital
  • Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital
  • Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital
  • Prisma Health Laurens County Hospital
  • KershawHealth
  • Newberry County Memorial Hospital
  • Edgefield County Hospital

 

For the latest updates and information related to the hepatitis A outbreak in South Carolina, visit DHEC

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