ATLANTA, GA — Health officials are reminding Georgia residents of how to prevent the spread of Hepatitis A as an outbreak expands and includes three deaths in the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also been investigating the outbreak that has hit 29 states.
The virus is typically transmitted from person-to-person when it is ingested from objects, food or drinks contaminated by a stool from an infected person, according to health officials. This can happen when infected people do not wash their hands properly after using the bathroom and then touch food or items that are shared with others. Someone preparing food can be a source of outbreaks, as well as cooked foods that are not heated to temperatures capable of killing the virus during preparation (185 degrees F for one minute) and foods that are contaminated after cooking, the CDC says.