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Hepatitis A vaccines recommended for patrons of Charleston cookout

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department says anyone who ate or drank at a cookout on Aug. 6 at the Lee Street Lounge could have been exposed to hepatitis A and should be vaccinated. (MGN Online/U.S. Air Force)

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department says anyone who ate or drank at a cookout at the Lee Street Lounge on Aug. 6 could have been exposed to hepatitis A and should be vaccinated.

The health department said in a news release that an individual who was preparing food at the cookout has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

Anyone who ate or drank at the cookout should get a hepatitis A vaccination by Monday, Aug. 20, according to the health department. The health department said vaccinations within two weeks of exposure can prevent the liver disease.

Vaccinations are available at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, the Putnam County Health Department and most pharmacies.

According to the health department, symptoms of hepatitis A include abdominal pain, dark urine, fatigue, fever, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), light-colored stools, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. If symptoms occur, seek medical attention.

West Virginia has been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of a multi-state hepatitis A outbreak.

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