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Hepatitis A clinics brought people in


CONCORD — A total of 1,114 people received shots to ward of hepatitis A they may have acquired while eating or drinking recently at two Contoocook establishments, state health officials said Thursday.

State health officials said they were pleased with the rapid response to the potential outbreak of the contagious disease. Last week, they announced that anyone who dined or drank at the Covered Bridge Restaurant or the American Legion between July 20 and Aug. 3 was at risk for the disease.

“This was a quick and thorough response to a public health incident, and I want to thank everyone involved for all their hard work and commitment to the people of New Hampshire,” said Dr. José Montero, director of public health in New Hampshire.

The state ran clinics a week ago in Contoocook, where it provided hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin. Anyone who did not receive shots and believe they were exposed should contact their physician or a community health center.

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