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Powell Co. Student Tests Positive For Hep. A

Posted at 5:14 PM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 17:14:52-04

POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – A case of hepatitis A has been confirmed in a Powell County High School student.

The school posted to their Facebook page, saying they were notified by health department officials Tuesday afternoon. In response, school officials have stepped up cleaning procedures. Now, they say it is up to parents and students to practice good hygiene to avoid the transmission of the disease. 

The schools want families to remind students to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after every restroom visit. Students should obtain the hepatitis A vaccine and submit the immunization record to the school.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include nausea, vomiting, weight loss, fatigue, fever, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, jaundice (yellowing of the
skin and eyes), joint pain, light-colored stools, and dark colored urine. If these symptoms last beyond the 24-48 hours of a typical stomach bug, please seek a medical evaluation.