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Hepatitis A Outbreak in New Hampshire Accelerating

Published: 04/17/2019 8:23 AM

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has announced that there has been a significant increase in the number of people in New Hampshire diagnosed with hepatitis A. The rate at which cases are being reported are concerning; 33 hepatitis A diagnoses were made in March alone. Since November 2018, 79 people have been diagnosed with hepatitis A, compared to an average of 6 – 7 people annually in recent years. The hepatitis A cases diagnosed since November have occurred in the counties of Hillsborough (36), Strafford (17), Rockingham (10), Merrimack (10), Cheshire (2), Grafton (2), Sullivan (1) and Carroll (1) Counties. One person from Merrimack County has died.

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NH Department of Health and Human Services Notifies of International Traveler With Measles

Published: 03/04/2019

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) received a report of an international traveler visiting New Hampshire who has been diagnosed with measles, and traveled to New Hampshire when they were able to transmit the virus to others. This person traveled by bus on February 26, 2019 from South Station in Boston, MA, to the Manchester, NH Transportation Center. Any person who rode the same bus is considered exposed to measles, and any person who was present or transited through South Station in Boston, MA on February 26, 2019 from about 8:30 pm through midnight is potentially exposed.

Any individual meeting these criteria needs to urgently review their measles vaccination or immunity status. Individuals who are not vaccinated or immune, or have questions about their immunization status, are encouraged to contact DPHS as soon as possible at 603-271-4496 (603-271-5300 after hours) and ask for the public health nurse on call. Anyone who was potentially exposed and is not immune needs immediate vaccination to help prevent development of measles.

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