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Prisoner tests positive for Hepatitis A

Visitors are suspended from visiting inmates in Unit 2

POCATELLO, Idaho - An inmate at the Pocatello Women's Correctional Center has tested positive for Hepatitis A.

The Idaho Department of Corrections said the inmate arrived at the facility on October 31.

Out of caution, they said they're suspending people from visiting the 90 inmates assigned to Unit 2.   They are also suspending inmate transfers in and out of the facility for two weeks. 

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by a virus.  It is usually spread by eating or drinking food items that have been contaminated with hepatitis A from someone who has not properly washed their hands after using the bathroom.

Symptoms usually include fever, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort, jaundice (yellowing of the skin & eyes), tiredness, nausea, and dark urine.

Correction officials said outbreaks of Hepatitis A are usually rare in the United States, but when they happen, public health efforts are required to control the spread of the disease.

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