Hepatitis A Outbreak hits Kentucky

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Hepatitis A is a highly contagious viral infection of the liver. It is spread when a person ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person.

Kentucky usually sees about 20 cases of Hepatitis A each year. But this year the Barren River District Health Department says the Commonwealth has seen more than 500 cases of the disease in just the past nine months alone.

And they are urging Warren Countians to get the vaccine. "We along with Public Health are recommending that all individuals in our Warren County area who are over the age of one year, receive their Hepatitis A vaccine," says Barren River District Health Department Communicable Disease Nurse Sharon Ray.

Ray also says Kentucky's outbreak began in Jefferson County last August, and has now spread to 39 of the state's 120 counties. At the time of this story, she said there were seven confirmed cases in Warren County.



 
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