Colorado’s hepatitis A outbreak grows to almost 300 cases, 2 deaths |

Colorado’s hepatitis A outbreak grows to almost 300 cases, 2 deaths

JESSICA SEAMAN | | The Denver Post
Denver Public Health nurse Maggie McClean, right, gives a Hepatitis A vaccine shot to Brandee Esquibel in front of Stout Street Health Center in Denver on July 24, 2019. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

The number of cases of hepatitis A in Colorado has increased to almost 300 people, with at least two deaths from the contagious liver infection, according to data from the state health department.

The rise in hepatitis A cases, which began in Colorado in 2018, is part of a larger outbreak that has sickened at least 28,609 people, killing more than 280, across the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One of the deaths in Colorado occurred in Denver, where local health officials are working to curb the number of cases through a massive vaccination campaign. The other death was in Arapahoe County in September.

Cases of Hepatitis A have also appeared in Boulder, Pueblo, Eagle and Montezuma counties. So far, there are 299 cases statewide, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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