A Cluster of Hepatitis A Viral Infection in HSE South

Authors: Ferris, HA; Dillon, A; O’ Sullivan, MB

Source: HSE Public Health, South
Irish Medical Journal

Hepatitis A is an acute viral infection of the liver that produces clinical features ranging from asymptomatic infection to fulminant hepatitis1. The authors report a cluster of 5 serologically confirmed cases of acute Hepatitis A Virus (HAV), all serum IgM positive for HAV Genotype 1A. This is on a background of only 2 other cases notified to HSE-South in 2016 to date, both travel related. There was a considerable delay in notification in 2 out of 5 cases. This case report highlights the importance of prompt notification of Hepatitis A, as timely notification would have facilitated prompt contact vaccination and might well have prevented illness in two subsequent household contacts.

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