Department of Public Health reports outbreak of Hepatitis A as 31 cases reported throughout state

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has declared an outbreak of acute hepatitis A with cases in multiple counties in Kentucky. In total, 31 cases of acute (rapid onset with symptoms of illness) Hepatitis A have been reported throughout Kentucky in 2017, a 50 percent increase above the average of 20 cases per year reported over the past 10 years. Twenty-two cases have been reported in...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Spreading awareness among Kentuckians about risks of lung cancer

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign, the Kentucky Department of Public Health within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is raising awareness about lung cancer in Kentucky. Lung cancer impacts Kentuckians more than any other cancer. In Kentucky, both men and women have significantly higher rates of lung cancer than other states in the U.S. More Kentuckians have died from lung cancer...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Helping mothers deliver healthy babies during Prematurity Awareness Month

Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death and childhood disability. As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is promoting preterm birth prevention as a part of Prematurity Awareness Month. In Kentucky, the preterm birth rate in 2015 for Kentucky babies was 10.8 percent, higher...

Diabetes Symposium draws hundreds of educators, prevention specialists from several states

More than 400 diabetes educators and healthcare professionals from several states gathered in Louisville today for the Diabetes Symposium. The event focused on diabetes prevention and control, the impact of diabetes on public health and the need for enhanced prevention efforts. It was hosted by the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). “It...

CHFS announces availability of weekly influenza surveillance report to track activity across Kentucky

Officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), announce the availability of an online weekly influenza surveillance report used to gauge current flu activity circulating in Kentucky. This new public service is an example of the Cabinet’s priority to strengthen data collection and analytics and then to make the information...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Screening, early detection vital in battle against breast cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In Kentucky, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Breast cancer awareness is this week’s focus of the 52 Weeks of public health campaign from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). “Breast Cancer awareness, early detection and screening are vital issues...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Fruits and vegetables should comprise half of every meal you eat

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is striving to help Kentuckians fill their plate with more fruits and vegetables during Fruits and Veggies-More Matters Month. Choosing healthier foods like fruits and vegetables instead of high fat and calorie foods can help you and your family...

State Public Health Department identifies two early cases of flu in Jefferson County

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, reports two cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza, indicating the presence of flu activity in Kentucky. The cases are both from Jefferson County. The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals aged six months of age and older. People who are strongly...

Public health nurse ‘Strike Team’ from Kentucky on its way to Florida to help victims of Hurricane Irma

A Nurse “Strike Team” from Kentucky is on its way to help Hurricane Irma victims in Florida. It’s the first time Kentucky has been asked to send a team of nurses to another state following a disaster. Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), along with local, state and federal officials coordinated Thursday’s deployment. The...

New state regulations requiring all students to have current immunization certificates now in effect

New state immunization regulations requiring all children attending child day care centers, certified family childcare homes and other licensed facilities that care for children, preschool programs, and public and private primary and secondary schools to have a current immunization certificate on file are now in effect. The regulation also spells out the required immunizations schedule for attending...

52 Weeks of Public Health: State DPH urges caution around wild animals to avoid possible rabies exposure

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), along with local health departments across the state, is reminding the public about the potential for rabies exposure from contact with infected wildlife. Wildlife rabies cases, primarily in bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes, have been identified...

52 Weeks of Public Health: State Public Health Department raising awareness of lung diseases

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet of Health and Family Services (CHFS) is raising awareness of the impact of Cardio Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a term used to describe lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. Kentucky has the second highest incidence of COPD in the U.S. To better address...

Public health campaign urging women to see their doctor as part of National Women’s Checkup Day

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is promoting the women’s health. Women are encouraged to get a health check-up on National Women’s Checkup Day May 15, the day after Mothers Day, to screen for signs of illness or other health issues that commonly affect women. “Women’s...

Current state of Zika virus threat, response measures the focus of Kentucky health summit

Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles, representatives from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), renowned experts and response partners gathered in Lexington Thursday for the 2017 Kentucky Zika Summit. This conference, held at the Lexington Center, brought together healthcare professionals,...

Public invited as Kentucky plans strategies for oral health as part of 52 Weeks of Health campaign

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is promoting the impact of oral health on communities across the state. DPH currently is working to update its Strategic Oral Health Plan for the first time in over a decade. As part of this work, the DPH Oral Health Program will gather stakeholders...

52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign emphasizing importance of opioid overdose treatment

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is emphasizing the importance of naloxone education and services for communities to address the impact of opioid abuse. Public health officials say the program is particularly timely following a recent report of a death in Louisville linked to...

Commentary: Department for Public Health has a major impact on all of our lives

By Dr. Hiram C. Polk Special to KyForward Have you eaten at a restaurant lately? Did you brush your teeth this morning? If so, the Department for Public Health (DPH) has touched your life. DPH doesn’t only inspect the conditions of restaurants you visit, but also worked to make Kentucky the first state to add fluoride to your water to help protect your teeth. As a component of Kentucky Cabinet...

World TB Day a reminder that tuberculosis continues to be a serious public health concern

As part of its ongoing work to educate the public about tuberculosis (TB) and prevent the spread of the disease, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), a part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is reminding Kentuckians that March 24 is World TB Day. This year’s theme from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “Unite to End TB” to emphasize the partnership...

Spring Breaker travelers warned to take precautions against Zika virus — protect yourself and others

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, advises spring break travelers to be cautious and take steps to prevent mosquito bites and unprotected sexual contact if traveling to areas of the globe where the Zika virus has been identified. DPH also is urging pregnant women to avoid traveling to areas with active Zika virus transmission.   Information...

So you think you have the flu: Sore throat, cough, runny nose, aches — is it a cold or the flu?

You’ve got a sore throat, cough, runny nose and ache all over. Is it just a cold, or is it the flu? Tough to tell. “Colds and flu are caused by different viruses, but they share a number of symptoms,” said Prashanti Rajagopalan, DO, with Baptist Health Urgent Care at Brannon Crossing in Nicholasville. “Generally speaking, flu is more severe and comes on quickly. If you’re an adult, having...