NORTH CAROLINA – The Hepatitis A outbreak in North Carolina has claimed its first life.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services confirms that at least 37 cases of Hepatitis A have been reported in the state in 2018.

The majority of cases have been reported in Mecklenburg County, where they’ve had 20 cases. Wake and Wayne counties have also seen a few cases.

Of the 37 cases, 28 have resulted in people being hospitalized.

Cases of hepatitis have occurred primarily among three risk groups:

  1. People who use injection or non-injection drugs.
  2. Homeless people.
  3. Men who have sexual relations with men.

The county where the death occurred cannot be released due to privacy laws.

If you have come into contact with someone who has Hepatitis A, please contact your local health provider.