hepatitis A

Hepatitis A has been confirmed in a food service worker in Caribou.

The Maine Center for Disease Control says an individual who stayed at two shelters in Portland in October was infected with hepatitis A, prompting officials to offer free vaccinations to those who might have been exposed to the virus.

The Maine Center for Disease control is urging Mainers at higher risk for  hepatitis A infection to get vaccinated, in light of outbreaks of the disease in several states.

Maine has had four cases of hepatitis A in the last three months and that worries CDC epidemiologist Dr. Siiri Bennett.

“Because we have seen more in the last couple of months than we normally see, we thought now is a good time to actually increase awareness and get the message out that if you haven’t been vaccinated please do get vaccinated.”