State Health Officials Warn of Hepatitis A Outbreak

Nov 22, 2017

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State public health officials continue to warn Kentuckians about a Hepatitis A outbreak. 

The majority of the 32 cases are found in and around the Louisville area.  The homeless are particularly vulnerable to this viral disease.


State Epidemiologist Dr. Jonathan Ballard says that number represents about a 50 per cent increase over past years.  He says the prevention emphasis focuses on vaccination for high risk people.

“Those people who have exposure to known individuals with hepatitis A, men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, either injection or non-injection drugs, or even people who have certain medical conditions that put them at increased risk of the disease to receive vaccination,” said Ballard.

Ballard says there has been one case each reported in Fayette and Madison counties. 

With proper medical attention, the epidemiologist says the vast majority of Hep A infected patients will recover from the liver ailment.