Suspected Case of Hepatitis A in Maritime Hall

November 28, 2011 - Campus Bulletin

The University of Guelph is helping Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health respond to a suspected case of hepatitis A involving a student living in Maritime Hall, Seaway Tower 3.

Public Health says the risk of infection is low, but as a precaution, it wants to ensure that people who might have had contact with the student are vaccinated.

The unit is notifying students and staff who potentially could have been exposed and is recommending immunization.

Public Health is providing the hepatitis A vaccine free of charge for students who live in and staff who work in Maritime Hall, Seaway Tower 3. The health unit will be on campus to vaccinate people today from 1 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Student Health Services. No appointment is necessary.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, hepatitis A is preventable, and the degree of infection varies. Some people infected do not get sick, while others may suffer only mild symptoms, including fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and abdominal discomfort.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has facts and information posted on its website.

Members of the University community who have concerns should call Student Health Services, Ext. 54333, or Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, 519-846-2715, Ext 4752.

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