Philadelphia declares a public health emergency after surge of Hepatitis A

(CNN)The Philadelphia Department of Health has declared a public health emergency due to a surge in Hepatitis A, Dr. Thomas A. Farley, Health Commissioner of the City, said Thursday. Garrow said the bulk of cases have occurred among at-risk populations in the northern neighborhood of Kensington. “We’ve seen, in other cities, similar outbreaks tied to homelessness and illicit drug use so believe this outbreak is the same,” he added. “There hasn’t been a specific change, just a bad situation that has been going for a while.” Viral symptoms Caused by a virus, Hepatitis A is an infection that people pick up either by coming into contact with human waste or by consuming contaminated food or water. Unwashed hands and unsanitary …