Outbreak

American Society of Microbiology

The measles outbreak continues across the country with Ohio becoming the latest state with a confirmed case of the disease.

Ohio State Epidemiologist Sietske de Fijter said Friday that a new case has been confirmed in Stark County. People who are unvaccinated are at risk, she says.

Measles is extremely contagious said de Fijter. “Over 90 percent of individuals who are unprotected are unvaccinated, and who get exposed to the measles virus will come down with the disease.”

She said vaccination is the best form of prevention.

Three E.Coli Cases Confirmed In Madison County

Apr 4, 2019
CDC

The Madison County Health Department is investigating 3 cases of E. Coli  in the county. According to a press release issued Thursday the first case was reported last week and two additional cases have been reported this week. One case was an adult and the other two were children.

The Kentucky Department of Public Health reported the state has 44 cases of the food-borne illness. The average age is 18. Six people have been hospitalized.

Kentucky lawmakers have advanced a bill that would ask the state’s health cabinet to review its response to a deadly hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky.

The outbreak began in 2017 and has led to more than 4,100 confirmed cases and 43 deaths.

Sen. Morgan McGarvey, a Democrat from Louisville and sponsor of the bill, said that he is not assigning blame for the outbreak “because we don’t have any answers.”

 

Anyone with symptoms of an infection who received a vaccination through the Mount Sterling-based Location Vaccination is urged to contact a health care provider. The infection is not likely to persist without treatment, health officials said.

According to a  press release distributed Friday afternoon from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Department of Public Health the provider offered vaccinations at businesses in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana beginning Sept. 1, 2018.

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.

Hep A Cases Continue To Spread Across Kentucky

Aug 28, 2018
By Mary Meehan

 

The number of cases of Hepatitis A is still rising with nearly 1,500 cases in the commonwealth. Close to 900 people have been hospitalized and 12 people have died.

In a typical year Kentucky has fewer than 20 cases of Hepatitis A.

According the state department of public health, the outbreak is also spreading geographically. Originally centered in Jefferson County, the infectious disease is now found in 84 Kentucky counties.

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The low rumble of industrial fans fills the Catholic Action Center in Lexington, a shelter that provides meals and other services for homeless people.

It’s mid-morning on a hot July day and dozens of people sit camped on couches in the entryway, or slouch at tables nearby. Despite the fans the air is stale from too many bodies too close together — ideal conditions for the spread of disease.

 

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A Hepatitis A outbreak growing in the Louisville area since last summer reached a new peak recently with a travel advisory from Indiana health officials. They told Hoosiers heading to Kentucky to get a Hep A vaccine.

Soon, Kentucky’s Acting Commissioner for Public Health Dr. Jeffrey Howard was pushing back.