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Franklin County records 22nd case of Hepatitis A; fast food restaurant closes voluntarily for cleaning

Kentucky Health News A Frankfort fast-food restaurant closed for cleanup after one of its employees was found to have the liver disease hepatitis A, usually caused by ingestion of fecal material. “The risk of infection from this food-service worker is very low due to hand-hygiene requirements at Hardee’s and all eating establishments,” Franklin County Health Department Director Judy Mattingly...

Northern Kentucky joins statewide Hepatitis A outbreak, Newport Syndicate food handler diagnosed

A case of hepatitis A that has been diagnosed in an employee who handled food at the Newport Syndicate (18 East 5th Street, Newport). An investigation found that this employee worked for a period of time when he/she was ill or infectious, which included the dates of July 25 through Aug. 11, 2018. While it is relatively uncommon for restaurant patrons to become infected with the hepatitis A virus due...

Kentucky’s Hepatitis outbreak worst in nation, but fading in Louisville, the ‘gold standard’ for response

Kentucky’s hepatitis A outbreak is now the biggest outbreak in the United States. As of July 7, the outbreak had struck 65 of Kentucky’s 120 counties with 1,094 hepatitis A cases and eight deaths. But federal officials say Louisville is a national example for how to respond to an outbreak, reports Phillip M. Bailey of the Courier Journal. As of July 17, Louisville had 540 cases and four deaths....

Hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky worst ever — over 900 cases confirmed, six deaths — and it isn’t over

Kentucky Health News State health officials say the hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky is the worst ever, and the crisis isn’t over. “It’s the worst on record across the nation and in Kentucky,” Dr. Jeff Howard, Kentucky Commissioner of Public Health, told Beth Warren of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Kentucky health officials have confirmed 969 cases and six deaths from...

NKY Health Department launches hepatitis A prevention plan in wake of state’s declared outbreak

The Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health) has initiated efforts to prevent the statewide spread of Hepatitis A from expanding to the region. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by a virus. Dr. Saddler When infected, the liver becomes inflamed or damaged and does not work properly. Although rare, death can occur from this infection. The Kentucky Department for Public...

Ten Kentucky counties under outbreak status for Hepatitis A; 629 cases reported since November

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Hepatitis A outbreak has become a concern for people because the virus is so rare, yet 10 counties in Kentucky are currently under outbreak status and will receive extra funds for vaccines, a state official said. 
Acting State Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey Howard provided an update on the situation Thursday on Facebook Live with the heavily traveled Memorial Day...

As hepatitis A outbreak continues, state health officials say vaccine is best way to protect yourself

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Since state officials declared an outbreak of hepatitis A in November, Kentucky has had 577 confirmed cases of it. That’s almost 30 times the state’s average of about 20 cases a year, and five of those 577 people have died from the liver disease. The most common prescription for preventing hepatitis is hand washing, but the absolute best way to avoid...

Three Hepatitis A deaths; CDC recommends vaccinations for children in affected counties

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three deaths are being blamed on the hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky, according to the Department of Public Health.   
Through April 14, the Kentucky Department of Public Health confirmed 352 outbreak-associated cases, leading to 246 hospitalizations and three deaths. 
State health officials are recommending vaccinations for residents in six Kentucky counties affected...

Dept. for Public Health recommends Hepatitis A vaccination for at-risk counties in Kentucky

Due to an ongoing outbreak of Hepatitis A, the Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is recommending vaccination for everyone residing in Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd counties.   To date, 214 cases have been reported in the Jefferson County/Louisville area. Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd counties have each reported...

Possible Hepatitis A-related death reported in Louisville could be linked to multi-county outbreak

The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW), are reporting a hepatitis A-related death of a Louisville resident. The individual had symptoms and laboratory test results that met the case definition for acute hepatitis A virus infection and also had additional health issues. This...

Kentucky Department of Health reports 117-case, multi-county outbreak of Hepatitis A

A multi-county outbreak of Hepatitis A remains ongoing with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) now reporting 117 cases, most of which have occurred in the Jefferson County/Louisville area. According to DPH, 96 of the cases were reported in Jefferson County. Outbreak-associated cases were also found in Boyd, Bullitt, Carter, Hopkins, Leslie, Marion, McCracken, and Taylor counties. DPH first...

February is deadline for Ky students to receive first of two-dose Hepatitis A vaccine for 18-19 school year

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A new state regulation says Kentucky students must prove that they have had the two-dose hepatitis A vaccine by the first day of school, so it’s time to get the first dose, because the shots are given six months apart. Most schools start in August. The regulation also applies to children entering day-care centers, certified family child-care homes and pre-school...

Fayette County reminding families of additional vaccinations required for 2018-19 school year

Students’ families are encouraged to schedule doctor visits as soon as possible because of new immunization requirements in Fayette County Public Schools covering Hepatitis A and MCV4 booster. The first dose of Hepatitis A, which is required for all unvaccinated students regardless of age, should be received before Feb. 14 if possible. That puts the student on schedule to get the second dose...

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...