Health Department Reports Increase In Hepatitis A Cases

Residents Urged To Protect Themselves Through Vaccination And Hygiene

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department is experiencing a higher than normal number of cases of Hepatitis A Virus (HAV). Typically, about one case a year is reported to the Department, yet since early May 2018, four cases have been reported. In light of the current Hepatitis A outbreak in Middle Tennessee, and other similar outbreaks in several other states, the Health Department wants residents to know actions it is taking to prevent the spread of the disease.

At this point, the specific actions taken by the Health Department are to investigate the current cases, to monitor for new cases, to educate the community on how the disease is spread and how it can be prevented, and to conduct a vaccination program for high risk individuals.

“Hepatitis A is a contagious, vaccine-preventable liver infection,” said Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department Health Officer Dr. Valerie Boaz. “Hepatitis A usually spreads by the fecal-oral route through ingestion of contaminated food or drinks, close person-to-person contact with an infected person, and sexual contact with an infected person.”

The best way to prevent contracting or spreading the disease is to get the Hepatitis A vaccine along with good hand hygiene, such as washing hands with soap and warm water after going to the bathroom, changing a diaper, or before preparing food. Also, avoid using recreational drugs.

Although anyone can get the disease, people most at risk for Hepatitis A infection in this multi-state outbreak include those experiencing homelessness, people who use drugs recreationally, and men who have sex with men. Anyone with these risk factors is eligible to receive free Hepatitis A vaccine at any of the Health Department locations, Monday-Friday8 a.m.-4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Clinic Locations:

  • Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, 921 East 3rd Street, Chattanooga TN, 37403, 423-209-8340
  • Birchwood Health Center, 5625 Hwy 60, Birchwood TN, 37308, 423-961-0446
  • Homeless Health Care Center, 730 East 11th St, Chattanooga TN 37403, 423- 265-5708
  • Ooltewah Health Center, 5520 High St, Ooltewah TN, 37363, 423-238-4269
  • Sequoyah Health Center, 9527 West Ridge Trail Rd, Soddy Daisy TN, 37379, 423-842-3031

For more information about the disease, you may call the Epidemiology section at 209-8190, or visit cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav.  



Total Health Chiropractic Of Fort Oglethorpe Welcomes Dr. Christopher Topel

Total Health Chiropractic is excited to welcome Chris Topel, D.C., as clinical director and treating chiropractor at its Fort Oglethorpe location. Dr. Topel brings a wealth of experience in treating sports-related injuries to the practice, having worked with athletes at the local, regional, national and international levels including the Ironman, World Triathlon Championship, U.S. ... (click for more)

Bridgett Dallas Named Life Enrichment Director At Legacy Village of Cleveland

Bridgett Dallas has been named Life Enrichment Director at Legacy Village of Cleveland, a premier assisted living and memory care community serving Bradley County that is scheduled to open October 2018. The Life Enrichment Program will cultivate a fun, active community for residents through social, educational, spiritual, recreational, and hands-on activities. ... (click for more)

Judge Collier Denies New Trial For Ex Pilot Travel Centers President Hazelwood; Did Not File Without 14 Days Of Verdict

Federal Judge Curtis Collier has issued a 48-page order denying a new trial for former Pilot Travel Centers president Mark Hazelwood. He said initial Hazelwood attorney Rusty Hardin of Houston, Tex., did not follow federal rules of filing notice of an appeal within 14 days of the verdict. Judge Collier also denied a request by Brad Henry, the new Hazelwood lawyer, for time ... (click for more)

Fight Breaks Out During Friday Dismissal At Central High School; Joshua Maddox, 18, Is Arrested With 3 Juveniles

Earlier Friday afternoon, during dismissal at Central High School, a fight broke out, at which time the SRO assigned to the campus called for additional deputies to respond to the school to assist.  The fight involved several students. Of those involved, three juvenile students were transported to the Juvenile Detention Center for disorderly conduct. Joshua Maddox, ... (click for more)

Arming Teachers With Guns Will Be Too Dangerous - And Response (4)

Arming teachers with guns in the classroom, as Bill Lee proposes, would be the single most dangerous thing to happen to students in Tennessee history. Students and teachers in close proximity to loaded firearms daily? Across this state, in middle schools alone, there are probably hundreds of student/teacher conflicts a day. What if a student got hold of gun in a struggle with ... (click for more)

The Saturday Funnies

Before we get into this week’s edition of The Saturday Funnies, I want to share a fun chunk of information that we can have a lot of fun with tonight. Our pals at the website timeanddate.com were good enough to pass along the fact today marks the September Equinox. And – get this -- if you play this right, it will be just like the farmer says: “On the field of opportunity, it’s ... (click for more)