Hepatitis A

Mary Meehan

Health officials are urging everyone in Fayette County to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A.

At a press conference Tuesday, Health Commissioner Dr. Kraig Humbaugh said Fayette County has only 9 cases confirmed so far, but that the vaccine has “an excellent track record” of preventing the spread of the disease.

Jim Thacker is frustrated.

The spokesperson for the Madison County, Kentucky, Health Department said there is a real threat of a Hepatitis A outbreak at the detention center right down the road in Richmond.

Built to house about 240 inmates, it holds more than 400.  

“It’s like a petri dish, they are packed so close together,” he said.

Fayette County Health Department

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.