Hepatitis A outbreak among Vic drug users

There has been an outbreak of Hepatitis A in Victoria among drug users, particularly those who use needles, and people experiencing homelessness.

State Deputy Chief Health Officer Angie Bone advised on Friday there had been 56 confirmed cases since July 2019, with a further six cases yet to be confirmed by blood tests.

The Victorian government is offering free single-dose hepatitis A vaccinations to people who use drugs or are experiencing homelessness until 31 August 2020.

Vaccinations are available to GP clinics that provide a specialised service to these groups, as well as via a mobile outreach service.

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