MOV Health Department town hall to discuss Hepatitis A

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) From March, 2018 through December, 169 cases of Hepatitis A were reported in Wood County.

On January 31st, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department will hold a town hall meeting addressing the problem.

Two separate meetings, in fact, one at 10 A.M. and the other at 7 P.M., will be held at the South Parkersburg Baptist Church auditorium at 1655 Blizzard Drive.

A group of panelists will discuss Hepatitis A, along with efforts to curb its spread in the area and in West Virginia.

Health officials say an important prevention is getting a Hep A vaccine.

"The insurances cover this for the most part," says Rebecca Eaton, the MOVHD's director of clinical services, "but if you don't have insurance, and you are a contact and concerned you may be a contact, that you may have come in contact with someone with Hep A, we can get the vaccine for you here. You just have to make an appointment."

Appointments can be made by calling the health department at (304) 485-7374. Vaccines are also available at local health providers such as physicians' offices and pharmacies.

The two meetings in late January will also include a public discussion period.

The town halls follow two reported outbreaks at local restaurants, including one located in Washington County.

Another nearby outbreak was reported at a restaurant in Jackson County.