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, Jan. 17
Data are preliminary and may change as reports are received.

  • 72 Cases
  • 56 (78%) Hospitalizations
  • 0 Deaths
Affected county (18) Counts
Anoka 2
Beltrami 1
Blue Earth 1
Carver 1
Chisago 1
Crow Wing 1
Dakota 3
Hennepin 33
Kanabec 5
Kandiyohi 1
Mille Lacs 4
Pine 5
Ramsey 2
Scott 2
St. Louis 4
Stearns 1
Wabasha 1
Washington 3
Unknown 1
map of the affected counties

Epi Curve of Outbreak Associated Cases by MMWR Week, Dec. 16, 2018 - Jan. 11, 2020

epi curve showing the increase in cases

Hepatitis A vaccine doses administered to adults 19+ by week, Minnesota 2019-20*

The average number of hepatitis A doses for the time period before the outbreak declaration was approximately 1,150 doses. After the hepatitis A outbreak was declared Aug. 8, 2019 the average number of hepatitis A doses increased to over 1,600 doses.

*Data from the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC)

  • 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 (fillable palm card) (PDF)
Fillable palm card to give out during outreach.
Hepatitis A outbreak in Minnesota (palm card) (PDF)
Palm card with MDH information 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 Tuesday, 21-Jan-2020 14:29:03 CST