In the municipality of Dummerstorf in the Rostock district, twelve people were infected with the hepatitis A virus. The district announced. Both children and adults are affected. Your contacts will now be vaccinated. Everything else will then be decided individually, said a district spokesman for NDR 1 Radio MV.
Contact person restrictions
In addition, restrictions such as visiting bans apply for several weeks. People who have had close contact with the sick are not allowed to visit nursing homes and daycare centers. Those who work in the food industry are initially banned from work. However, there is no general obligation for all contact persons to stay completely at home, it said.
Some infected people were in the same places
In addition to the twelve detected infections, there is another suspected case. It is still unclear where those affected were infected with the hepatitis A virus. According to the district spokesman, at first glance the persons concerned are not related. However, there are indications that they were at least partially in the same places.
Transmission via food?
The health department suspects that the infectious disease was spread through food. Therefore the food control of the district was switched on. Official veterinarians and food inspectors have already taken samples at various locations in the community. Spread through drinking water is considered unlikely. The incubation period for hepatitis A is up to 50 days. Compliance with general hygiene rules, especially hand washing after going to the toilet and before handling food, can protect against infection.
Mostly relatively harmless disease
Hepatitis A is a contagious inflammation of the liver. With around 1,000 cases per year, it rarely occurs in Germany. The infection is acute, usually heals on its own, and rarely becomes chronic. Children often have mild symptoms. In very rare cases, especially with previous illnesses, the disease can be fatal.