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Scores of Rocky Mountain spotted fever cases reported in Lincoln Trail area; awaiting confirmation

Rocky Mountain spotted fever, the main tick-borne disease in Kentucky, has affected scores of people in the area served by the Elizabethtown-based Lincoln Trail District Health Department. The six-county department “has investigated a total 79 cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever for June in the district, which comprises Har­din, Meade, LaRue, Nel­son, Washington and Mar­ion counties,”...

Only 54 percent of Ky. high schools have full-time nurse; poll shows support for one in every school

Barely half of Kentucky’s high schools have a full-time registered nurse, according to the School Health Profiles compiled by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says 45 percent of Kentucky high schools had a part-time registered nurse, while 29 percent had a school-based health center. The latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll found that Kentucky adults “overwhelmingly...