Southern Nevada Health District Hepatitis a Clinic Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

26 September, 2005

LAS VEGAS – Sept. 26, 2005 – The Southern Nevada Health District provided hepatitis A vaccinations and immune globulin to 101 people at its special hepatitis A clinic today. In the past three days, a total of 267 people have received the preventive treatment.

Only those who were served ice cream at the Schwan’s Food Service booth at the Global Gaming Expo on Sept. 13 or 14 are at risk for exposure. The individual serving the product is considered the source of the exposure, not the ice cream product itself.

The hepatitis A clinic will be open again Tuesday, Sept. 27 and Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Ravenholt Public Health Center at 625 Shadow Lane. Since the preventative treatment is only effective if given within two weeks of exposure, those at risk must receive the vaccination by this Wednesday.

For more information on hepatitis A, or the circumstances of exposure at this conference, the public may call (702) 759-1300, and select option #5.

Visit the Media Contacts webpage for media related inquiries.

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