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Boulder County Jail inmate tests positive for hepatitis A

Posted: 2:03 PM, Sep 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-14 16:03:45-04
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BOULDER (AP) — An inmate in Boulder County Jail has tested positive for hepatitis A, two days after news of a death from a recent outbreak of the disease in Colorado.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office says jail and public health officials were notified Friday that an inmate had tested positive for the contagious liver infection and was separated from the rest of the jail population.

No other inmates or jail staff have shown symptoms of hepatitis A.

However, the sheriff’s office says anyone released from the jail on or after Aug. 20 may be at risk for developing the disease.

As of Sept. 11, 163 cases have been reported in the state this year, with most of the infected people needing hospitalization. Health officials Thursday announced the first death related to the outbreak.