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The 2019 Great American Smokeout comes at a time of increased scrutiny on e-cigarettes and vaping. 

The first nationwide Great American Smokeout took place in 1977.  The third Thursday of November remains a designated time to start living without cigarettes. 

But vaping is a front and center health issue today.  The American Medical Association this week called for a ban on all electronic cigarette and vaping products.  Angela Brumley-Shelton, tobacco treatment specialist with the Fayette Health Department, supports the idea.


The Lexington community has seen its first lab-confirmed flu case of the 2019-2020 influenza season.  Fayette County Health Department Spokesman Kevin Hall said the first case involves a person under 18.

Flu Levels In Kentucky Among Highest In Country

Jan 24, 2019
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Kentucky is experiencing some of the highest rates of flu in the nation with more than 3,100 confirmed cases.

Kevin Hall is the spokesperson for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. He says it is important that as we reach peak flu season that people who are sick stay home, especially ill school children.

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A Fayette County Health Department representative says hepatitis A cases in Lexington won’t level off until community immunity is built up through additional vaccinations.  

New Hep A Cases In Central Kentucky

Nov 27, 2018

Fayette County health officials are alerting Lexington residents about new hepatitis A cases. The announcement comes in the midst of a central Kentucky Hep A outbreak.

Health department officials say customers who ate at three area restaurants in November may have been exposed to hepatitis A.  Anyone who ate at Hardees on Richmond Road between November 23-26, Waffle House on Buena Vista between November 11-19, or Waffle House on Carol Road in Winchester on November 20th is urged to get a hepatitis A vaccination. 

Kentucky's First Flu Related Death In Lexington

Oct 8, 2018

The state’s first flu related death for the 2019-2020 influenza season has occurred in Lexington.

Fayette County Health Department Spokesman Kevin Hall says it’s not unusual for such a health related death to take place in October. “This was an elderly patient that had underlying health conditions and this is why it is so important for people who are 65 and over to get that flu shot because they are most at risk for serious complications from the flu,” said Hall.

Lexington's Fayette Mall Food Court Reopens

Jul 24, 2018

A Lexington health official says most of the eating establishments in the Fayette Mall food court have re-opened.  This comes after the multi-restaurant section was shut down Monday following a rash of stomach illnesses reported by people eating in the food court.

Mosquitoes Buzzing in Central Kentucky

May 30, 2018

Memorial Day weekend is often referred to as the unofficial start to summer.  This year in the bluegrass, it might also carry the title of the beginning of mosquito season.  

Luke Mathias with the Fayette County Health Department says a very wet month of May had his crews start control efforts about a week and a half earlier than usual.

“That combined with the heat, it’s actually also been pretty warm out for the last several weeks and humid and that really lends itself to mosquitos and high mosquito activity.  This is the conditions that they thrive on,” said Mathias.


Fayette County Health officials are alerting residents in one Lexington neighborhood about the discovery of a rabid bat.  The bat was found in a home in the Radcliffe/Marlboro community.  It was removed from the residence.

Officials with the health department have posted signs in the neighborhood alerting residents to the finding.  They are reminding residents to make sure their pets are up to date with rabies vaccinations. 

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Parents and caregivers of students at Lexington’s Millcreek Elementary have been alerted to a single case of Hepatitis A. The patient is receiving care and the school has been thoroughly cleaned. Now health officials are concentrating on following up on the case.

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A case of Hepatitis A has been confirmed at Lexington's Millcreek Elementary School.  Fayette Health Department and school officials are notifying parents of the case.

Hepatitis A is a liver disease that can be passed from person to person.  In addition to vaccination, thorough hand washing is important to help stop the spread of the disease.

There is currently a wider Hep A outbreak with nearly 500 cases in Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana. 

Three Flu Related Deaths Reported in Lexington

Dec 29, 2017

Lexington has experienced three flu related deaths so far during the current influenza season.  Two of the deaths occurred Thursday.

Fayette County Health Department Communications Officer Kevin Hall says in all three cases the elderly patients had underlying health conditions. “This doesn’t mean that the people died from the flu.  It’s almost better to think of it as they had the flu at the time of their death, and the flu complicates the other underlying conditions that they have,” said Hall.



While school systems across Kentucky prepare to begin the academic year parents are being alerted to changes in immunization regulations.  

The changes cover certain transmittable diseases and religious exemption requirements.

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The Fayette County Health Department is preparing for a lengthy mosquito season.  A demonstration Wednesday at Lexington’s historic McConnell Springs focused on revised control techniques.

While none of the mosquitoes carrying the virus have been seen in Kentucky, local Zika cases have occurred in Florida and Texas. 


For the first time in more than a decade, there’s a confirmed West Nile virus case in the Lexington area. Health officials remind central Kentuckians complications from West Nile are rare.


West Nile, like zika, is an illness spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.  Unlike zika though, the risk of a serious health complication is relatively low. 


With West Nile, less than 1% of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness.  Mild symptoms are possible including fever, headache, tiredness, and nausea.  


Early Start for Flu Shots in Lexington

Sep 20, 2016

With Fayette County’s first confirmed flu case of the season in the books, the Lexington Health Department is offering flu shots ahead of the typical schedule.  

Health Department Spokesman Kevin Hall says vaccines will be administered between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. this Wednesday.  He says this isn’t a time of year most people think about getting a flu shot.  “It’s almost 90 degrees outside here the last few days, so it’s not something you think of.  Flu is a fall and winter illness,” said Hall.  “But, it’s definitely here and it’s not too early to get a flu shot.”

Future of Zika Virus in Central Ky. Hard to Predict

Jul 26, 2016


In the wake of Lexington’s first Zika virus case in an infant, health officials continue to stress ways to fend off further cases in the area.  Fayette County’s Health Commissioner admits it’s hard to predict the number of future infections.

More than 14 hundred cases of Zika virus have now been reported nationwide.  All have been determined to be travel related and not through local transmission. 

Zika Concerns Affecting Lexington Mosquito Spraying

May 19, 2016

Attention given to the Zika virus is affecting the Fayette County Health Department’s summer mosquito control program. Health Department trucks will take to Lexington streets in the early hours overnight in June. 

Environmental Health Supervisor Luke Mathias says routes could be modified during the spray season.  “If we do find areas that we find a lot of stagnant water, we may adjust the spray areas to be a little bit closer to certain roads, certain streets,” noted Mathias.

Shigellosis Cases Remain High in Fayette County

May 18, 2015


Fayette County Health officials are continuing to wrestle with higher than usual gastrointestinal illnesses in both children and adults.  The upcoming swimming pool season will bring with it another opportunity for the sickness to spread.

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State and local health officials met Monday with emergency management representatives to discuss Ebola prevention and response strategies. 

More than 40 people representing a dozen agencies gathered in Lexington to consider any modifications in preparedness.  Craig Humbaugh is a state epidemiologist.  "We have a surge plan for these kinds of activities.  We haven't done it at this stage but we might have to activate our continuity planning if we needed to," said Humbaugh.