A new Hepatitis A case involving a local restaurant worker was announced by health officials Thursday.“The Health Director will provide an update on hepatitis A in Mecklenburg County with details on a new case involving a local restaurant worker,” the Mecklenburg County Health Department said.Tuesday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the first death related to an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A.Hepatitis A is a contagious and vaccine-preventable liver infection that can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. It is usually transmitted through food or water that has been contaminated with small, undetectable amounts of feces from a contagious person.“The best way to protect yourself against hepatitis A is through vaccination,” said Dr. Heidi Swygard, viral hepatitis medical director in DHHS’ Division of Public Health. “Good handwashing is also important, especially after using the bathroom, changing diapers and before preparing or eating food. Anyone who thinks they may have been infected or exposed should seek medical attention.”No further information on the most recent case was released.

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