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Colorado’s hepatitis A outbreak grows to almost 300 cases, 2 deaths

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Posted at 2:03 PM, Dec 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-07 16:06:01-05

DENVER – The number of cases of hepatitis A in Colorado has increased to almost 300 people, with at least two deaths from the contagious liver infection, according to data from the state health department.

The rise in hepatitis A cases, which began in Colorado in 2018, is part of a larger outbreak that has sickened at least 28,609 people, killing more than 280, across the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One of the deaths in Colorado occurred in Denver, where local health officials are working to curb the number of casesthrough a massive vaccination campaign. The other death was in Arapahoe County in September.

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