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Death reported from West Virginia hepatitis A outbreak

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CHARLESTON, WV (AP) -

Health officials in West Virginia are reporting the first death in the state related to an outbreak of hepatitis A.

The state Bureau for Public Health says in a news release a 33-year-old Kanawha County resident died Wednesday. The statement says the victim had several conditions that contributed to the death.

State health officer Dr. Rahul Gupta says the risk of hepatitis A to the general public remains low.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by a virus. It is usually transmitted person-to-person or by consuming contaminated food or water. Symptoms include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice.

On Wednesday health officials urged hepatitis A vaccinations for restaurant and food service employees in Kanawha and Putnam counties.

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