Hepatitus A is Spreading in Athens

Hepatitis A is spreading in Athens. So far, 15 cases have been confirmed. Most of the cases have been found in children. As a result, the Texas Department of Health is recommending children between the ages of 2 and 12 get vaccinated against Hepatitis A.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. The signs and symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. It is very contagious, but our Channel 7 Med Team Doctor Ed Dominguez told us that parents don't need to fear hepatitis A as long as they use common sense.

"The important thing is to wash your hands regularily which we ought to be doing anyway especially during respiratory season.  Beyond that, there is not much else to do."

People with the virus can spread it for several days, even if they don't have symptoms. It is not spread through sneezing, coughing or casual contact.