Starting in November 2018, El Paso County Public Health has been working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to investigate an outbreak of hepatitis A with cases in El Paso, Pueblo and Fremont counties.
Although the source of the outbreak has not yet been determined, the majority of cases in El Paso County have several common factors including homelessness and the use of street drugs. Other high risk factors for hepatitis A infection include living with someone who has hepatitis A and traveling to countries that have higher rates of hepatitis A.
In response to the hepatitis A outbreak, El Paso County Public Health is:
Conducting an extensive investigation to identify close contacts of the cases. Public Health is proactively providing hepatitis A vaccine to those identified contacts at no cost to the individuals.
Offering free hepatitis A vaccines through mobile outreach teams and locations serving individuals who are at high risk for being infected with the disease including homeless shelters, hospital emergency departments, criminal justice centers and substance use treatment facilities
Providing health education and guidance to retail food establishments for food handlers