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Hepatitis A at Jam Band Concerts Alert

Hepatitis A: Inflammation of the liver due to a virus that is usually transmitted by food or drink handled by an infected person whose hygiene is poor. Symptoms include nausea, fever, and jaundice. Diagnosis is by blood test. When immediate protection against hepatitis A is needed, gamma globulin (immunoglobulin) is used. It is effective only if given within 2 weeks of exposure, and lasts 2 to 4 months. Immunoglobulin can be used to protect close contacts of someone with hepatitis. Hepatitis A is also called infectious hepatitis.

This Story: The CDC requests that young to middle-aged adults with newly diagnosed hepatitis A be asked by their healthcare providers if they have attended a "jam band" concert or any outdoor concert and associated camping event and, if so, report it to the CDC.

Comments: Knowing nothing about jam band concerts, we searched on Google and learned that this weekend alone there are events scheduled in Canton, IA; San Diego and San Rafael, CA ; The Tieton River Bed, WA; Marion, IN; Xenia, OH; Geneva, MN; Eau Claire, WI; Hartford, CT; Pulaski, Deansboro, and Sherman, NY; Lewisville, NC; Quarryville, PA; Elkins, WV; and Gore, VA.

While the Department of Homeland Security is focused on smallpox and other unusual forms of bioterrorism, we have hepatitis A traveling about the USA coast-to-coast from one jam band concert to the next. Coming soon to a concert near you!