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Hepatitis A confirmed at high school in the city

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At least one student at a local high school has been infected with hepatitis A. A letter warning of confirmed cases of hepatitis A was sent home with students at Charles Spencer High School.

Alberta Health Services says hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by a virus. They add that most people who get hepatitis A disease recover in about one month but sometimes it can take 6 to 12 months to get better with rare cases being severe enough to cause death.

They add that there is no specific treatment for hepatitis A but there is a vaccine that is effective in preventing the infection.

AHS says hepatitis A is spread through contaminated food or water. Ways to prevent spread is thorough hand washing after using the bathroom or changing diapers as well as before handling food.

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There were confirmed cases in other schools in the Peace Country earlier in the year including Hythe Regional School which was confirmed in January 2016.

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