Drug use blamed for rise in hepatitis B cases

Warning: Hepatitis B rates on the rise in West Virginia due to intravenous drug use

CLARKSBURG — At a recent Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department meeting, hepatitis B rates were a notable topic of discussion.

Nursing Director Margaret Howe stated the department has already seen 17 acute cases of hepatitis B this year when typically there are two or three acute cases a year. Acute cases are considered “new,” and not people who have previously contracted the disease.

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