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Hepatitis A cases double in Colorado from last year


​DENVER -- Right now there’s a deadly Hepatitis A outbreak sweeping many parts of the country, including in Colorado.

So far this year, Colorado is seeing double the number of cases from last year. In just the first 9 months of 2017, the state has seen 57 cases of Hepatitis A.

In all of 2016, Colorado only recorded 23 cases.

The Colorado Health Department says it’s seeing an increase in cases among gay and bisexual men, and the homeless. That’s why homeless shelters like the Denver Rescue Mission are taking precautions.

The Denver Rescue Mission is training staff on how to handle open wounds and is considering buying Hepatitis A vaccines for clients. But at $99 apiece, that may be a financial challenge.