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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....

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...

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...

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...

Bevin administration says state funded syringe exchanges must be one-for-one after initial supply

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The administration of Gov. Matt Bevin is requiring syringe exchanges funded by state grants to be limited to one-for-one trading of clean needles for dirty ones, raising the chance that all such programs might have to do likewise. Republicans said in the last legislative session that the 2015 law allowing syringe exchanges was intended to only allow a one-to-one...