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Hepatitis outbreak on the decline in Ky; 57 have died across the Commonwealth as result of the disease

The good news about hepatitis in Kentucky is that the number of hepatitis A cases is dropping. The bad news is that there are still as many cases each week as were once seen in a year’s time, and the state is by the far the leader in deaths from the liver disease. According to the state’s weekly report, the number of hepatitis A cases in Kentucky has dropped to around 20 per week for several...

CDC says ground beef probably caused E.coli outbreak but source unknown; KY has most cases

Kentucky Health News Investigation of people stricken by the recent outbreak of E. coli “suggests that ground beef is the source of this outbreak,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday. “At this time, no common supplier, distributor, or brand of ground beef has been identified.” The outbreak, centered in Kentucky, has sickened 109 people and sent 17...

Kentucky accounts for about half the cases in an odd, 5-state outbreak of E. coli; here are precautions

Kentucky has about half of the cases in an outbreak of infections from a strain of E. coli bacteria that has also sickened people in Ohio, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the source of the 72 infections has not been identified. The CDC said Kentucky had 36 cases as of Friday, but the day before, the state Department for Public Health...

Sickweather.com warns of outbreak of strep throat in KY, which ranks 6th; get medical attention

Sickweather is currently observing an outbreak of Strep Throat reports throughout the U.S. The company reports that the Midwest and Southwest are the most active per capita for strep throat illnesses. Recommendations for those experiencing symptoms like fever or sore throat include seeking medical attention and requesting a rapid throat culture for diagnosis. Here are the Top 10 States by activity...

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...

Keven Moore on Insurance: You can never be too prepared for Ebola or other health risks

No doubt, there is a lot of interest in – and concern about – the deadly Ebola virus that appears to be spiraling out of control in West Africa and, just recently, found its way into the United States with two confirmed cases. It’s gotten so bad lately that watching television might seem more like watching the 1995 movie Outbreak than the nightly news.   President Barack Obama...