Video. IS THIS OUTBREAK RELATED TO IMMIGRATION? “Since May, 87 hepatitis A cases that can be traced to an national outbreak have been reported in Utah, according Utah Department of Health epidemiologist Jeff Eason. That’s compared to an average of about five cases or less per year in the state. “We … found the first case in early May and knew it was associated with the national outbreak at the time,” Eason said. He was referring to San Diego and Detroit, where more than 1,100 infections in those areas caused 41 deaths as of earlier this month. No deaths related to the outbreak have occurred in Utah, but 60 percent of the people who have contracted hepatitis in the state have been hospitalized, Eason said.”