Increase in hepatitis B cases in Harrison County, West Virginia, USA

The Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department has recorded 17 new acute cases of hepatitis B, an increase compared to the 2-3 cases usually seen in the same time period. The increase is attributed to an increase in illegal intravenous drug use. Travellers should be aware that hepatitis B is preventable through vaccination. When there is a risk of exposure to hepatitis B virus, travellers can reduce this risk by exercising caution and avoiding contact with body fluids, unscreened blood transfusions and unsterilized needles and syringes.

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