The University of Hawaiʻi is committed to supporting the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health’s efforts to prevent the spread of Hepatitis A.
The Department of Health is currently investigating a cluster of Hepatitis A cases in Hawaiʻi. As of August 10, 2016, 168 cases have been confirmed, with most occurring on the island of Oʻahu.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection. The virus is found in the stool of people with the infection and is usually spread by consuming food or water contaminated by the virus. It can also be spread through close personal/sexual contact. Household contacts are at particular risk for Hepatitis A transmission.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A
- body ache
- loss of appetite
- abdominal pain
- dark colored urine
- pale colored stools
- yellow discoloration (jaundice) of the skin and eyes
Steps to prevent the spread of Hepatitis A
- Get vaccinated
The Hepatitis A vaccine is highly effective in preventing Hepatitis A infection and is administered in two doses, six months apart. The Hepatitis A vaccine can be received at numerous locations listed on the Department of Health website (PDF). University Health Services Mānoa has a small supply of the vaccine.
- Stay home if you are sick
This common sense practice can help restrict the spread of infectious diseases such as Hepatitis A.
- Wash your hands
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water to help avoid getting sick and spreading the disease.
- Watch for symptoms of Hepatitis A (listed above)
Monitor your health and contact your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms.
- See your healthcare provider
If you have been in contact with someone who has Hepatitis A, call your healthcare provider right away.