Hepatitis A

Hepatitis Outbreak in AZ:

Arizona is one of many states across the country experiencing a Hepatitis A outbreak.

  • Cases in Maricopa County related to this outbreak (as of 7/11/2019): 229 (see Arizona case counts)
  • More than 80% of cases have been hospitalized.
  • There has been one confirmed death in Maricopa County related to this outbreak.
    This is the first death in Maricopa County linked to the statewide Hepatitis A outbreak. This individual was included in the populations at highest risk affected by this outbreak. This tragic event emphasizes the importance of hepatitis A vaccination to those at highest risk in this outbreak.

An exposure occurred at a restaurant in Maricopa County.

  • Individuals who ate at Genghis Grill in Tempe on dates listed in this press release should watch for symptoms listed below. If any symptoms appear, contact your doctor.
  • Anyone who did not eat at that particular restaurant on the days specified has no exposure.

Hepatitis A is a serious and contagious liver disease caused by a virus. It is spread by not washing hands after using the bathroom and getting the germs into your mouth. The disease can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A is not a lifelong infection like other types of hepatitis can be. Once you get it, you cannot get it again.

  1. Who's At Risk
  2. Symptoms
  3. Who Needs Vaccine?

The following groups are most at-risk:

  • People who use or inject illegal drugs or drugs without a prescription
  • People who are or recently were experiencing unstable housing or homelessness
  • People who are or recently were in jail or prison

Where to go

High-risk individuals listed above can receive hepatitis A vaccine at any of Maricopa County Public Health's three Immunization clinics.

If you work with these groups and wish to host a vaccination clinic, please contact us at outbreak@maricopa.gov.