Hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii, USA, causes death of patient

Since October 9th, there are no new cases of hepatitis A in the outbreak in Hawaii. However, one of the people who consumed the raw contaminated scallops imported from the Philippines has died from liver failure. A total of 291 people were infected during the outbreak and 73 had symptoms so severe that they had to be hospitalized.

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Advice For Travellers

Hepatitis A is a common virus found in almost every area of the world. However, the disease is totally preventable through vaccination. When there is a risk of exposure to hepatitis A virus, travellers can basically eliminate this risk by obtaining the vaccine prior to travelling and by exercising caution and avoiding consuming contaminated food and water.