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IDAHO: Hepatitis A Scare at Pocatello Women's Prison


KPVI News 6 (11.12.2013) Aids Weekly Plus

KPVI News 6 reported that an inmate in Idaho’s Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center tested positive for hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection. As a result, the Idaho Department of Correction has suspended visits to the 90 inmates living in Unit 2 and suspended all inmates moving into and from the correctional center for two weeks while healthcare providers determine if there are additional cases. Although there is low risk of infection, all inmates in Unit 2 will receive HAV vaccine and immune globulin. The virus usually spreads through the consumption of food contaminated with HAV from a carrier who has not properly washed hands after using the bathroom.


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