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The Yakima County jail. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic file)

YAKIMA, Wash. — Local health officials are tracking down people who may have been exposed to hepatitis A by a Yakima County jail inmate.

The Yakima Health District has identified some of the people who were exposed to the virus but had not been vaccinated and are offering them the vaccine, said Lilian Bravo, the district’s public health partnerships director.

Bravo could not disclose when the infected person was in the jail, citing patient privacy, nor could she say how many people were potentially exposed.

Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver that is typically transmitted when someone eats food or drinks water that has been contaminated by feces, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Yakima County Department of Corrections and the state Department of Health are also working with the health district to identify those who were exposed.

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