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Spokesperson: No Hepatitis A outbreak at State Prison 

Monitor staff
Published: 11/21/2019 11:49:16 AM

Two inmates at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men were diagnosed with Hepatitis A in the past week after a period of release.

Officials said the prisoners did not contract Hepatitis A in the Concord prison and that the cases are unrelated.

“These two individuals are being treated by medical professionals and appropriate precautions have been engaged in,” Department of Corrections spokesperson Laura Montenegro wrote in a statement. “The NHDOC is working with the DHHS -Division of Public Health and is taking every recommended precaution.”

Both inmates had recently returned to the prison after parole violations with Hepatitis A infections. Montenegro said the individuals “engaged in high-risk activity in the community that likely caused their Hepatitis A infection.” The prison is not experiencing a widespread outbreak, Montenegro said.

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the Hepatitis virus. It is usually transmitted by close personal contact or consumption of contaminated food or water, and is most often not life-threatening. 

The Monitor inquired about a Hepatitis A outbreak at the prison for men after the newspaper and other media organizations received tips that inmates were being treated for Hepatitis A due to contamination that orginated from the kitchen.

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