This page contains information about diseases of interest in Fulton County and is updated periodically to reflect epidemiologic priorities.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious infection of the liver that is caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It can range from a mild illness lasting just a few weeks, to a severe sickness that can persist for several months. Although rare, hepatitis A can cause death in some cases.
This virus is only found in the blood and stool of an infected person. It usually spreads when someone unknowingly ingests microscopic particles in contaminated food or water. Additionally, it is passed on from close personal contact such as through sex or caring for someone who is ill.
The average incubation period is 28 days but it has also been found to be as short as 15 and can extend up to 50 days.
If you have any of the following signs and symptoms, please contact your health care provider:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal discomfort
- Dark urine (brown in color)
- Clay-colored bowel movement/stool
- Joint pain
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
Where Can I get the Hepatitis A Vaccine?
The hepatitis A vaccine is available at the following Fulton County health centers:
Legionnaires’ disease is a severe type of pneumonia that is caused by inhaling particles or accidentally choking on water that contains the Legionella bacteria. This disease is noncommunicable, which means you can’t get it from someone else or give it to them.
Symptoms include: cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headaches. Some patients also experience diarrhea, nausea, and confusion.