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New Hepatitis A Cases Reported In Montgomery, Lee Counties

Posted at 2:32 PM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-24 14:32:40-04

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentucky health officials reported Monday additional Hepatitis A cases, involving two restaurant employees in Montgomery County and three cases at a Lee County jail.

The Montgomery County Health Department has responded to two reported cases of hepatitis A in employees from two different restaurants.

On their Facebook page, the health department said that an employee at Cracker Barrel who was not directly involved in food preparation and an employee at KFC who was involved in food preparation reportedly have hepatitis A. The Cracker Barrel is located on Trace Drive and the KFC is located at Ragland Avenue.

The health department said that both restaurants are following required food handling regulations and that their inspections found both were clean and following safe food handling procedures.

While the risk of transmission is low, people who visited Cracker Barrel from August 19-September 2 or KFC from August 27-September 10 should be aware of possible symptoms.

Meanwhile, officials at Three Forks Regional Jail in Beattyville confirmed three new hepatitis A cases.

Officials there said a couple of others were being tested and that all 404 inmates will receive a vaccination.

The detention center has been cleaned, and the jail’s nursing staff is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address the issue.

The most common symptoms of a hepatitis A infection are nausea, vomiting, weight loss, fatigue, fever, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, jaundice, joint pain, light-colored stools and dark-colored urine.