Third death linked to Roanoke hepatitis-A outbreak

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Published: Oct. 29, 2021 at 5:02 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A third adult has died following a hepatitis-A outbreak that started at Famous Anthony’s restaurants, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

The adult was hospitalized with complications.

“Hepatitis A is a preventable disease. RCAHD urges everyone to consistently practice good handwashing and to consider getting vaccinated, especially if they fall into a high-risk population.”

RCAHD staff has identified a total of 49 confirmed primary cases, including 31 hospitalizations. A small number of cases is still under investigation. No new cases have been reported to RCAHD this week.

The first death was reported October 15, the second this week.

Further resources can be found by visiting the Virginia Department of Health website.

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