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Kentucky Up To 832 Outbreak-Associated Acute Hepatitis A Cases

Posted at 2:49 PM, Jun 20, 2018

(LEX 18) The Kentucky Department for Public Health has announced that Kentucky now has 832 cases of hepatitis A and six deaths related to the outbreak.

A total of 52 Kentucky counties have reported outbreak-associated cases, according to the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

They said that similar to outbreaks in other states, the primary risk factors for acute hepatitis A have been homelessness and illicit drug use. 

From August 1, 2017- June 9, 2018, the number of outbreak-associated cases is highest in Jefferson County with 453 cases. Boyd County has 98, Carter County has 56, Greenup and Bullitt Counties have 36 reported cases of outbreak-associated hepatitis A cases. Montgomery, Hardin, Nelson, and Warren Counties have 6-19 cases reported.