KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department is reporting the first death in Kanawha County related to the Hepatitis A outbreak.
KCHD officials spoke with a family member who confirmed the May 23rd, 2018 death.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources says that the person was a 33-year-old man with significant comorbidities that contributed to the death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people who get hepatitis A feel sick for several weeks but usually recover with no lasting liver damage.
In rare cases, hepatitis A can cause liver failure and death. This is more common in people older than 50 and in people with other liver diseases.
An official cause of death has not been released.
West Virginia Bureau for Public Health reports 121 confirmed, probable, and suspect cases of hepatitis A in eight West Virginia counties as of May 24th, 2018.