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Maine Officials Confirm Case of Hepatitis A

Authorities say the person stayed at two shelters in Portland from Oct. 1 through Oct. 21

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    Maine Officials Confirm Case of Hepatitis A
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    A photo of the Hepatitis A virus taken with transmission electron microscopy.

    Maine health officials have confirmed a case of hepatitis A in Portland.

    WCSH-TV reports the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention say the person stayed at two shelters in Portland from Oct. 1 through Oct. 21. According to the Maine CDC, the person stayed at the Oxford Street Shelter and Florence House.

    Maine and other states are experiencing an increase in reported cases among homeless people.

    The disease can be spread through contaminated food and water or through sexual contact. Symptoms of an infection can include tiredness, low appetite, stomach pain and jaundice. Officials say vaccination is the best way to prevent the disease.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

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    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    The Maine CDC's Public Health Nursing Program will administer hepatitis A vaccine at Preble Street in Portland on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

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