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Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to spray for mosquitoes from 3-6 a.m. on Tuesday (July 23)

To help control mosquitoes, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will conduct mosquito-spraying activities in the pre-dawn hours next Tuesday (July 23) in parts of the 40505 and 40511 ZIP codes. The spraying is due to a high mosquito population found in a monitoring trap in the 40505 ZIP code region. To provide adequate spray coverage of the area, portions of 40511 ZIP code will also be sprayed. Spraying...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to spray for mosquitoes from 3-6 a.m. this Wednesday

To help control mosquitoes, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will conduct mosquito-spraying activities in the pre-dawn hours this Wednesday (July 10) in parts of the 40505 and 40511 ZIP codes. The spraying is due to a high mosquito population found in a monitoring trap in the 40505 ZIP code region. To provide adequate spray coverage of the area, portions of 40511 ZIP code will also be...

Health department issues alert about Hepatitis A threat if you ate at Roosters on April 16

An employee at Roosters, 124 Marketplace Dr., has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of hepatitis A. As a result, customers who ate at the restaurant on April 16, 2019, may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus and are advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination. While it is relatively uncommon for restaurant customers to become infected with the hepatitis A virus due to an infected food handler,...

Mark Johnson named Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero by Lexington-Fayette County Health Department

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health has selected Mark Johnson as the 2019 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. The winner is announced each April as part of National Public Health Week (April 1-7). Johnson received his Master of Science in...

LFCHD warning residents after employee at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken confirmed with Hep A

An employee at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, 321 E. Vine St., has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of hepatitis A. As a result, customers who ate at the restaurant from Jan. 23-Feb. 8, 2019, may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus and are advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination. While it is relatively uncommon for restaurant customers to become infected with the hepatitis A virus...

Health department seeks nominations for Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero; deadline Feb. 28

It is time to nominate people for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero Award. The award, now in its 16th year, is for individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. Criteria for the selection of the award include:  Exemplary leadership and diligence in promoting public health;  Remarkable...

Pertussis (whooping cough) case confirmed at another school; highly contagious respiratory illness

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is notifying parents at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary of a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough. This is the third confirmed case in Lexington in 2019; the earlier cases were at Tates Creek High School and Henry Clay High School.   Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects people of all...

Health Department alerting parents of confirmed pertussis case at Henry Clay High School

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is notifying parents at Henry Clay High School of a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough. This is the second confirmed case in Lexington in 2019; the earlier case was at Tates Creek High School. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects people of all ages but can be most serious in infants...

Health department confirms hepatitis A at Lexington hotel kitchen; customers advised to get vaccination

An employee in the kitchen of the Clarion Hotel Conference Center-North, 1950 Newtown Pike, has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of hepatitis A. As a result, customers who ate at the hotel, including the Sports Page Bourbon and Bar Grill from Nov. 26-Dec. 4 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus and are advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination. While it is relatively uncommon for restaurant...

LFCHD warning customers of three area restaurants about risk of exposure to hepatitis A

Customers who ate at three area restaurants in November may have been exposed to hepatitis A. As a result, anyone who ate at the following restaurants are advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination: • Hardee’s, 2990 Richmond Road, Lexington; Nov. 23-26, 2018 • Waffle House, 2347 Buena Vista, Lexington; Nov. 11-19, 2018 • Waffle House, 4 Carol Road, Winchester; Nov. 20, 2018 While it is relatively...

Officials reminding Kentuckians of importance of flu shots as Fayette Co. records first flu-related death

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky remains in the midst of its worst Hepatitis A outbreak in years, but now the flu has claimed its first victim of the season. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department confirmed on Monday their first death due to the flu. Take the flu vaccine is being recommended. The first death of in Kentucky this flu season was reported in Lexington. (Fayette County Health...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to host free flu shot clinic Oct. 11 at Newtown Pike office

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is once again offering the chance to fight the flu for free. The department’s annual free flu shot event will be held 12-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the health department’s main location, 650 Newtown Pike. “An annual flu shot is the best way to fight the flu each fall and winter,” LFCHD spokesman Kevin Hall said. “The special clinic lets us...

Local health department will provide flu shots starting October 1 at Newtown Pike clinic

Anyone wanting to get an early start fighting the flu can do so at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department starting Monday, Oct. 1. The health department will offer flu shots 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at its Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike. No appointment is necessary, and the cost for a flu shot is $30. A high-dose vaccine is available for $49 for ages 65 and older. Medicaid/Medicare,...

More Kentuckians are heading to Carolinas to offer aid in wake of flooding caused by Hurricane Florence

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today More Kentucky aid workers headed to the Carolinas to help recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief deployed on Sunday, said Director Coy Webb, and a mobile kitchen and shower unit were set up in Jacksonville, N.C., on Monday. The all-volunteer teams will be providing 25,000 meals daily, offering homeowners professional damage assessments...

LFCHD warning residents after bat in Lexington’s Gardenside neighborhood tests positive for rabies

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department received word Thursday afternoon that a bat found in Lexington has tested positive for rabies. The bat was discovered in the Gardenside neighborhood and there does not appear to be any human exposure. The health department posted signs in the area on Thursday to notify residents of the discovery.  LFCHD officials continue to remind residents to make...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to spray for mosquitos Thursday in 40502, 40509 zip codes

To help control mosquitoes, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will conduct mosquito-spraying activities in the pre-dawn hours Thursday morning in the 40502 and 40509 ZIP codes. The spraying, which is the first in the city this summer, is due to a high mosquito population found in traps in the 40509 ZIP code region. Spraying will be done between 3-6 a.m. Thursday. For spraying to be held,...

LFCHD warning residents after two bats found in Lexington neighborhood test positive for rabies

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department received word Wednesday afternoon that two bats found in Lexington have tested positive for rabies. The bats were discovered in homes in the Lakeview Acres and Cumberland Hills neighborhoods. The health department posted signs in the area on Wednesday to notify residents of the discovery.  LFCHD officials continue to remind residents to make certain...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department warning residents after bat found positive for rabies virus

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is warning residents to be vigilant after a bat found in Lexington has tested positive for rabies. The bat was discovered in a home in the Radcliffe/Marlboro neighborhood. The health department posted signs in the area on Monday to notify residents of the discovery. LFCHD officials continue to remind residents to make certain their pets have a current rabies...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s free needle exchange program adds second weekday

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s needle-exchange program will add a second weekday to better serve clients’ needs. The program is now open 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays in the Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room at 650 Newtown Pike. The free, anonymous and confidential program is designed to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis in Lexington. Used needles must be...

Lexington-Fayette Count Health Department offering free Narcan kits in community class April 30

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is hosting a free community training on naloxone, which will include providing free kits containing the overdose-reversing medication. The class is scheduled for 4:30-6 p.m. Monday, April 30 at the health department’s main building, 650 Newtown Pike. Participants must complete a 10-15-minute training to receive a free naloxone kit. The kits are only...