Hepatitis A Outbreak Prevention and Response - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Hepatitis A Outbreak Prevention and Response

Minnesota is currently experiencing an outbreak of hepatitis A. The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is through vaccination.

Partners can use or adapt these resources and tools for hepatitis A outbreak prevention and response in Minnesota.

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Outbreaks of hepatitis A have been occurring in states across the country since 2016, and they don’t appear to be slowing down.

Since May 2019, Minnesota has seen an increase of hepatitis A cases, which we have now identified as an outbreak. Minnesota's outbreak-associated cases have risk factors consistent with the national outbreaks.

People at high risk in the current outbreaks include:

  • People who use injection/non-injection drugs.
  • People experiencing homelessness or unstable housing.
  • People who are currently or were recently incarcerated.
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM).

The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is through vaccination.

As of Friday, Oct. 4

  • 36 Cases
  • 25 (69%) Hospitalizations
  • 0 Deaths

Affected county counts:

  • Blue Earth - 1
  • Carver - 1
  • Chisago - 1
  • Crow Wing - 1
  • Dakota - 3
  • Hennepin - 6
  • Kanabec - 4
  • Kandiyohi - 1
  • Mille Lacs - 3
  • Pine – 5
  • Ramsey - 1
  • Scott - 1
  • St. Louis - 4
  • Stearns - 1
  • Washington - 3
map showing the location of the affected counties

Epi Curve of Outbreak Associated Cases by MMWR Week, Dec. 16, 2018 - Sept. 28, 2019

epi curve showing the increase in cases
  • Hepatitis A VIS
    Hepatitis A Vaccine Information Statement available in multiple languages from the Immunization Action Coalition.
Thumbnail of infographic What to know about hepatitis A (PDF)
Infographic showing the symptoms, transmission, risk populations, and treatment for hepatitis A.

Protect yourself from hepatitis A (PDF)
Half sheet to promote vaccination during targeted outreach with high-risk populations.

Thumbnail of palm card Hepatitis A outbreak in Minnesota (palm card) (PDF)
Fillable palm card to give out during outreach.

Give the half sheet or palm card to patients/clients and mention these key points:

    • There is a hepatitis A outbreak in Minnesota.
    • Hepatitis A can make people sick for weeks or even months, but there's a vaccine that can protect you.
    • Some people are at higher risk, but anyone who wants to be protected from hepatitis A can get vaccinated.
    • Then offer vaccine if you have it, or refer the person to their provider or a clinic for free or low-cost vaccine if they don't have insurance.
Updated Wednesday, 09-Oct-2019 11:38:32 CDT