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Am J Public Health. 1989 Apr;79(4):463-6.

Outbreaks of hepatitis A among illicit drug users, Oklahoma, 1984-87.

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Epidemiology Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma City 73152.

Abstract

Transmission of hepatitis A has been described in many settings, although few outbreaks have been reported among illicit drug users. We report six unrelated outbreaks of hepatitis A among users of marijuana and intravenously administered methamphetamine. Although the exact mode of transmission could not be determined, practices associated with illicit drug use may have facilitated transmission of hepatitis A. These outbreaks and other recent information indicate that illicit drug users may be at increased risk of acquiring hepatitis A infection.

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PMID:
2929804
PMCID:
PMC1349976
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.79.4.463
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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