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    KY: 2018/2019 Hepatitis A outbreak

    Source: http://www.wdrb.com/story/37550055/k...hit-louisville


    Kentucky officials say outbreak of Hepatitis A has hit Louisville
    Posted: Feb 20, 2018 4:30 PM EST
    Updated: Feb 20, 2018 4:30 PM EST
    By Travis Kircher

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A rare virus has become an outbreak in Louisville -- and now there's a new effort to stop it from spreading.

    The Kentucky Department for Public Health declared an outbreak of acute Hepatitis A in November, with the majority of cases in Louisville. Since then, Louisville has seen nearly 90 cases. In a typical year, there are one to four...

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    Source: https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/deh...Aoutbreak.aspx
    Hepatitis A Outbreak Status
    Counts as of April 13, 2019
    Total Outbreak: 4,543
    Hospitalizations: 2,199
    Deaths: 53

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    Source: https://www.courier-journal.com/stor...ak/3434886002/

    Yes, Kentucky is fighting back against nation's worst hepatitis A outbreak. Here's how
    Chris Kenning, Louisville Courier Journal Published 6:43 p.m. ET April 12, 2019

    COVINGTON, Ky. — With deaths from Kentucky’s hepatitis A outbreak rising even as new cases decline, health leaders said Friday they had hired a roving team of nurses to administer vaccines in rural county jails to help counter the virus.

    The Department for Public Health also is providing more vaccine storage equipment, money and expertise to a handful of currently hard-hit counties, including giving $40,000 for vaccines Pulaksi County, to combat the state’s 16-month-old outbreak.

    "We could see the trend go back up, so it’s not a time to diminish efforts at all," said Dr. Jeff Howard, the commissioner of public health, who appeared on a panel with other health leaders before a Kentucky Public Health Association gathering Friday in Covington...

    ...First declared in November 2017, Kentucky's hepatitis A outbreak began in Louisville, which fought to contain it as it began to explode last spring across rural Kentucky, catching fire and among the state’s large numbers of rural drug users.

    The outbreak has sickened 4,476 and killed 53, according to the latest state report.

    Kentucky has had more deaths than any of the other 17 states with similar hepatitis A outbreaks and more cases. But other cities or jurisdictions have had higher incidence rates per 100,000 people, officials said.

    The high numbers of deaths in Kentucky are largely because many drug users are already afflicted with other medical problems such as hepatitis C, officials said

    It continues on a downward trend, officials said. The state recorded 36 new cases statewide in the week ending March 30, down from a high of 151 cases per week last fall.

    It is now in 107 of the state's 120 counties, according to the most recent state report.

    Some counties are finding new ways to reach the drug users primarily spreading it, officials said Friday. Alongside jails, hospitals, syringe exchanges and drug treatment centers, some have held vaccine clinics in a convenience store or given vaccine vouchers to those at risk to give to friends.

    And the CDC has made more federally funded vaccines available, Thoroughman said...

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    Source: https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/deh...Aoutbreak.aspx
    Hepatitis A Outbreak Status
    Counts as of March 30, 2019
    Total Outbreak: 4,476
    Hospitalizations: 2,164
    Deaths: 53

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    Source: https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/deh...Aoutbreak.aspx
    Hepatitis A Outbreak Status
    Counts as of March 2, 2019
    Total Outbreak: 4,288
    Hospitalizations: 2,065
    Deaths: 44

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    Source: https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/deh...Aoutbreak.aspx
    Hepatitis A Outbreak Status
    Counts as of Feb. 23, 2019
    Total Outbreak: 4,229
    Hospitalizations: 2,036
    Deaths: 43

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    Source: http://kentuckytoday.com/stories/hep...0-deaths,17703

    Hep A outbreak in Ky. nearing 4,000 cases with 40 deaths
    Posted Monday, February 11, 2019 10:20 am
    By TOM LATEK, Kentucky Today

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Kentucky public health officials keep recommending vaccination for Hepatitis A as the outbreak nears 4,000 cases with 40 deaths across the state.

    According to figures from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, through Jan. 26 the number of cases stood at 3,919, resulting in 1,905 hospitalizations and 40 deaths, since the outbreak began being tracked in November 2017. Cases have been reported in 103 of Kentucky’s 120 counties.

    Eighty counties have reported five or more cases, meaning they meet the threshold for what is considered an outbreak of Hepatitis A virus. Boyd, Carter, Fayette, Floyd, Jefferson, Kenton, Laurel, Madison and Whitley counties report 100 or more cases associated with the outbreak...

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    Source: https://www.wtvq.com/2019/02/09/stat...aths-reported/


    Statewide hepatitis A outbreak continues, more deaths reported
    By Tom Kenny -
    February 9, 2019

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health continues its push for people to get the hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible to avoid getting the virus and spreading the disease.

    Since the outbreak began in August 2017, reported cases continue to rise and have now been recorded in 103 of Kentucky’s 120 counties, according to the state...

    ...About 80-percent of the cases in the current outbreak are people in the high risk groups, according to the Department for Public Health (DPH).

    As of January 26, 2019, a total of 3,819 cases have been reported in Kentucky due to the outbreak. There have been 40 known deaths and 1,862 hospitalizations, according to the state...

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    Source: https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/deh...Aoutbreak.aspx
    Hepatitis A Outbreak Status
    Counts as of Jan. 12, 2019
    Total Outbreak: 3,719
    Hospitalizations: 1,825
    Deaths: 22
    Notice: In accordance with 902 KAR 2:020, cases of acute hepatitis A should be reported within 24 hours. Weekly updates on Kentucky outbreak are provided below. Hepatitis A news releases can be found at CHFS News.

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    Source: https://fox17.com/news/local/ballad-...or-hepatitis-a

    Ballad: 3 Indian Path Community Hospital employees test positive for hepatitis A
    by WCYB Staff
    Thursday, January 3rd 2019

    KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WCYB) - Ballad Health issued in a statement Thursday afternoon that three employees of Indian Path Community Hospital were infected with the hepatitis A virus.

    Ballad said they found that out this week and have been in close contact with the health department and are providing vaccinations for all Indian Path employees.

    The healthcare system claimed the risk of transmission is low...
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    Source: https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Ce...503854821.html

    Central Kentucky counties continue to see upswing in hepatitis A cases
    By Lauren Minor |
    Posted: Thu 12:09 PM, Jan 03, 2019 |
    Updated: Thu 12:23 PM, Jan 03, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Some central Kentucky counties are continuing to see an upswing in hepatitis A cases
    MGN

    One of those counties is Fayette County. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says it has seen more than 85 cases in November and December alone, bringing the total to 124...

    ...The state numbers are showing no signs of slowing down either. There are now more than 3,200 cases as of mid-December. More than 20 have died as a result...

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    Source: https://www.wbko.com/content/news/He...503623841.html

    Health officials are continuing to warn the public about the state's Hepatitis A outbreak
    By Kelly Dean |
    Posted: Fri 7:01 PM, Dec 28, 2018

    (WBKO) -- Health officials are continuing to warn the public about the state's Hepatitis A outbreak, and how to prevent getting infected.

    As of December 15, the Kentucky Department of Public Health reports that there has been 3,265 total outbreaks of Hepatitis A in Kentucky. Over 170 of those cases are in the 13 News viewing area.

    1,625 have been hospitalized, and 21 people have died...

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    Source: https://www.wbko.com/content/news/Em...502796981.html

    Employee at Glasgow Burger King diagnosed with Hepatitis A
    By WBKO News Staff |
    Posted: Fri 2:30 PM, Dec 14, 2018 |
    Updated: Fri 3:36 PM, Dec 14, 2018

    GLASGOW, Ky. (WBKO) - The Barren River District Health Department is investigating a case of Hepatitis A in an employee at the Glasgow Burger King. The restaurant is located at 124 James Rogers Rd.

    Local public health officials have done an inspection of the restaurant, which did not result in any food code violations. All employees will be required to receive the Hepatitis A vaccine before returning to work...

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    Source: http://outbreaknewstoday.com/kentuck...0-cases-36871/


    Kentucky hepatitis A outbreak tops 3,000 cases
    by News Desk
    December 11, 2018

    Kentucky state health officials are reporting more than 3,000 hepatitis A outbreak cases since Aug. 2017.

    hepatitis AAs of Dec. 1, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has identified 3,021 hepatitis A cases in the current outbreak. Half of these cases required hospitalization and 19 people have died.

    This is up from 2865 cases and 18 deaths on Nov. 24...

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    Source: https://www.wtvq.com/2018/11/27/hepa...on-winchester/


    Hepatitis A reported at restaurants in Lexington, Winchester
    By Echo Gamel -
    November 27, 2018

    ...The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says customers who ate at the following restaurants in November may have been exposed to hepatitis A because of an infected food handler:
    - Advertisement -

    • Hardee’s, 2990 Richmond Road, Lexington; November 23-26, 2018;
    • Waffle House, 2347 Buena Vista, Lexington; November 11-19, 2018;
    • Waffle House, 4 Carol Road, Winchester; November 20, 2018...

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    Source: https://www.wtvq.com/2018/11/21/perr...sed-hepatitis/


    Perry County food worker diagnosed with hepatitis A
    By Echo Gamel -
    November 21, 2018

    PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Health officials report a food worker in Perry County has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

    The Kentucky River District Health Department says it received a report on November 20 about an employee at Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken on East Main Street in Hazard testing positive for hepatitis A...

    ...Health officials say customers who dined at the restaurant between October 25 and November 13 may have been exposed and are recommending those customers get a Hepatitis A vaccination...


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