An inmate at the Franklin County Adult Detention Center tested positive for Hepatitis A Thursday.
According to Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton, a male inmate began complaining of health issues late Thursday morning.
The detention staff transported the inmate to the hospital for an evaluation where health care providers diagnosed the inmate with a case of Hepatitis A.
As a precautionary measure the Franklin County Health Department was contacted and will be administering preventative vaccinations to all inmates and personnel.
Presiding Commissioner Tim Brinker said the inmate’s age nor how long they had been in custody at the jail was unknown at this time.
He added the vaccines won’t be mandatory, but will be available to anyone who requests them.
“To my knowledge, the exposure to inmates and staff was minimal,” Brinker said. “To err on the side of caution, the health department has ordered 400 doses.”
Brinker commended the jail and health department staff on their quick response to this incident.
“The quick action and exemplary response again demonstrates the professionalism and expertise of the employees of Franklin County in their service to the residents,” Brinker said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hepatitus A is common among Iv drug users and is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water.
Hepatitis A is a self-limited disease that does not result in chronic infection.
Most adults with hepatitis A have symptoms, including fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice, that usually resolve within two months of infection.