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December 21, 1995 | From staff and wire reports
Three people have died in Shasta County and hundreds more have become ill in a hepatitis epidemic that a top health official said had reached "astronomical proportions." Authorities said the number of confirmed cases of hepatitis A is at the highest level in at least 44 years. Dr. Andrew Deckert, the county's chief public health officer, said the deaths of two Redding residents and another from Shasta Lake this year may be the first in the county ever attributed to hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is a viral liver malady generally spread by contact with contaminated food or water that can cause fever, nausea and jaundice.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1995 | From staff and wire reports
Three people have died in Shasta County and hundreds more have become ill in a hepatitis epidemic that a top health official said had reached "astronomical proportions." Authorities said the number of confirmed cases of hepatitis A is at the highest level in at least 44 years. Dr. Andrew Deckert, the county's chief public health officer, said the deaths of two Redding residents and another from Shasta Lake this year may be the first in the county ever attributed to hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is a viral liver malady generally spread by contact with contaminated food or water that can cause fever, nausea and jaundice.
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