Hepatitis A


State and LouisvilleKY Officials Report on Hepatitis A Outbreak

 Louisville, KY., – Kentucky’s current hepatitis A outbreak is now the biggest outbreak in the United States and the biggest ever recorded in both Kentucky and Louisville. As of July 7, the outbreak had struck 65 Kentucky counties with 1,094 hepatis A cases and 8 deaths.  As of July 17, Louisville had 540 cases with 4 of the state’s 8 deaths.  While the outbreak continues to grow and spread throughout the state, there is evidence that it may be declining in Louisville. Today state and local officials urged everyone in Louisville and in any county in Kentucky that is part…

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Ten Important Things to Know about LouisvilleKY’s Hepatitis A Outbreak

From Louisvilleky.gov… Louisville, KY., – The number of people in Louisville who are getting hepatitis A continues to grow.  As of today, there have been 478 cases and three deaths.    Here are 10 key things to know: The hepatitis A virus is being spread through person to person contact:  Sharing a home, a cigarette, marijuana joint, a drink, or sex with someone  who has the virus puts you at high risk. There have been cases of hepatitis A in every Louisville ZIP code. While the outbreak is largely centered in people who use drugs (any kind of drug use, not…

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LouisvilleKY Public Health and Wellness Continues to Respond to Hepatitis A Outbreak

Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness continues to work to control an outbreak of acute hepatitis A that has centered in the city’s homeless and among those who use illicit drugs. On November 21, 2017 the Kentucky Department for Public Health declared an outbreak of acute hepatitis A in several counties throughout the state.  To date there have been 142 cases in Kentucky of which 124 have occurred Louisville.  This week, the Kentucky Department of Public Health announced the death of a Jefferson County resident with multiple other health issues whose symptoms and lab results…