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, Nov. 29
Data are preliminary and may change as reports are received.

  • 52 Cases
  • 39 (75%) Hospitalizations
  • 0 Deaths
Affected county (16) Counts
Anoka 2
Blue Earth 1
Carver 1
Chisago 1
Crow Wing 1
Dakota 3
Hennepin 18
Kanabec 5
Kandiyohi 1
Mille Lacs 3
Pine 5
Ramsey 1
Scott 2
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 - Nov. 23, 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 (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 Monday, 02-Dec-2019 10:36:41 CST