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Hepatitis A outbreak declared in the Vale of Glamorgan

Public Health Wales have confirmed seven cases of the infection Credit: PA

Public Health Wales is investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Five confirmed cases led to recent vaccination sessions in schools in Penarth and Barry. A further two cases have direct links to the original five effected.

The infection is rare in the UK, and is spread in the faeces of the infected person.

Dr Rhianwen Stiff, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales, said there is no evidence of a wider public health risk and the infection is not usually serious.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection that may cause flu-like illness or gastrointestinal upset. Hepatitis A can be unpleasant, but it's not usually serious and most people make a full recovery within a couple of months. Children often only have a very mild illness or do not have symptoms at all.

The best way to prevent infection spreading is to encourage good hand washing at all times, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing or eating food.

– Dr Rhianwen Stiff

Symptoms of Hepatitis A include:

  • Feeling tired and generally unwell
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Raised temperature
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling or being sick
  • Pain in the upper right part of your tummy
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Dark urine and pale faeces
  • Itchy skin

Members of the public are advised to contact their GP or NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 if they have any concerns about their health or their child’s health.