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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.