After several confirmed cases, Ottawa Public Health is warning students, staff, and parents at a local elementary school regarding exposure to hepatitis A. On Wednesday, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board confirmed that some students at Maple Ridge Elementary School have been exposed to the virus. Vaccines are now being administered throughout the school in attempts to stop the spreading of this virus.\nOttawa Public Health has confirmed that there have been several closely connected cases of hepatitis A in Ottawa.* Ottawa Citizen states that the number of confirmed cases and those have been exposed to the virus has not yet been specified.\nAfter a letter was sent out to parents of the elementary school on Tuesday to warn them that they may have been exposed to the virus, the school is now administrating vaccines to those children and staff who were in potentially exposed classrooms.\nAccording to CBC News, those who have been exposed to the virus have been contacted and there is no risk to anybody who is not in close proximity to the case. Ottawa Public Health program manager Pam Oickle states that this infection has been contained and should not cause worry for the public.\nMaple Ridge Elementary School | mapleridgees.ocdsb.ca\nAccording to Ottawa Public Health, Hepatitis A is a contagious virus that can affect your liver. While the virus is usually a mild illness that lasts a few weeks, it can also become a severe illness that could last months and can even cause liver failure.\nThere is no medication to treat hepatitis A once someone has started showing symptoms for the virus, but there is a vaccine that can prevent symptoms if given before the victim that has been exposed for no more than two weeks.\nView this post on Instagram ‘NO TO VACCINES’- WEALTHY COUNTRIES EXPRESS THEIR LACK OF FAITH A recent survey has reveled how the high-income countries have low confidence in vaccines. About 20% of Europeans either plainly disagreeing or being unsure of whether they are safe. A UK medical research charity, asked over 140,000 people (15 and older) in more than 140 countries, how they felt about the vaccines. Globally, 8 in 10 people (79%) agree that vaccines are safe. And 9 in 10 worldwide said their children have been vaccinated. However, there were pockets of mistrust in vaccines for some. The survey was conducted by Wellcome Trust. Jeremy Farrar, the director says “Vaccines, for example, are one of our most powerful public health tools. We need people to have confidence in them if they are to be most effective.” Measles, a once eradicated epidemic has been making a come back, including in the United States. Mostly due to backlash against immunization. Among poor health infrastructure, social media has made it easier for vaccine opponents to operate. #everyeveryng #vaccine #vaccinefreedom #france #health #trending #gist A post shared by EveryEveryNG (@everyevery_ng) on Jun 19, 2019 at 1:37am PDT\nHepatitis A is most commonly spread from person to person after contact with infected feces. This means that contaminated food handlers and unclean hands can both be common ways to be exposed to the virus.\nThe virus can also spread through sexual contact and can be present in food such as raw shellfish or raw fruits and vegetables.\nSymptoms of hepatitis A can develop between fifteen and fifty days after exposure and can include fatigue, jaundice, abdominal pain, vomiting and, fever.\nIf you start to show symptoms of hepatitis A you are asked to visit a doctor to get tested.\n*Editor's Note: This article has been updated.