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Two West Virginia jail inmates diagnosed with hepatitis A

Health officials in West Virginia say two jail inmates have been diagnosed with hepatitis A.(CDC/Betty Partin)

Health officials in West Virginia say two jail inmates have been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

News outlets report the inmates were diagnosed Friday while four other inmates were showing hepatitis A symptoms at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County.

The Monongalia County Health Department says in a news release employees from three county health departments administered hepatitis A vaccines Saturday to about 850 inmates at the jail Saturday.

State health officials say there have been 1,166 cases of hepatitis A in West Virginia. About half have occurred in Kanawha County.

Hepatitis A is a communicable disease of the liver caused by a virus. It is usually transmitted person-to-person or by consuming contaminated food or water.

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