Southern Nevada Health District Hepatitis a Clinic Final Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

28 September, 2005

LAS VEGAS – Sept. 28, 2005 – The Southern Nevada Health District provided hepatitis A vaccinations and immune globulin to 33 people at its special hepatitis A clinic today. In the past five days, a total of 390 people have received the preventive treatment.

Today was the last day to receive the preventive treatment, consisting of an immune globulin injection and a hepatitis A vaccination. (The treatment is only effective if given within two weeks of exposure). Concerned individuals may still receive the hepatitis A vaccination, but it will only be effective against future exposures to the virus.

Only people 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.

For more information on hepatitis A or the circumstances of exposure at this conference, visit www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org.

Visit the Media Contacts webpage for media related inquiries.

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