The state of California is in deep trouble as the Hepatitis outbreak continues to rise spreading fear and panic.

The federal government has expressed its worry now that even their vaccine reserve is almost emptied; vaccine supplies are being sent to outbreak-stricken locations.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Friday, 13th of October 2017. More than 80,000 free doses of Hepatitis A vaccine were already sent to Caifornia, Dr. Gil Chavez stated. Dr. Gil Chavez is the state epidemiologist and deputy director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at the California Department of Public Health.

“In our communications with them, as of late, it has been very clear that our continuous requests for additional vaccine is running into their limit of what they can share with California,” Chavez said in a San Diego Daily Tribune interview.

This week, the number of patients who unfortunately acquired the virus has reached 490 while 18 have already died. Santa Cruz County has 71 cases while 13 were reported in Los Angeles. 7 other cases were reported elsewhere.

A bigger problem will be possibly faced by the county once vaccine supplies become completely  consumed. A Pro-Med reporter declared that pharmaceutical manufacturing plants located in Puerto Rico were recently hit and devastated by the recent powerful hurricanes. Hence, drug and vaccine shortage will be more likely once the production of HAV vaccine is confirmed to be coming from those plants.

Nevertheless, vaccine shortages are already happening. Know the symptoms of Hepatitis A to avoid unnecessary life-threatening situations.

“Hepatitis A vaccine is highly effective in preventing Hepatitis A virus infection. Protection begins approximately 2 to 4 weeks after the first injection. A second injection results in long-term protection,” according to CDC.

Here are the symptoms according to CDC:
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Clay-colored bowel movements
  • Joint pain
  • Jaundice (a yellowing of the skin or eyes)
These symptoms may develop 2-6 weeks after exposure to the HAV virus. 
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Posted by Clarisse Javier