Maine officials warn of hepatitis A case

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine health officials say a case of hepatitis A has been traced to a community event in Durham.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging vaccinations for people who attended a Sept. 28 church supper at the Durham Friends Meetinghouse. The center says a person infected with the hepatitis A virus prepared and served food at the event.

The Maine CDC is offering a free vaccination clinic on Wednesday for anybody who ate food at the supper. The clinic is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Durham Eureka Community Center.

Maine CDC Director Sheila Pinette says hepatitis A is caused by a virus that affects the liver, but is 100 percent preventable by vaccine.

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