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Lexington-Fayette County Health Department Sees Decline In Hep A Cases

Posted at 5:56 PM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 17:56:15-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Hepatitis A remains a problem across Central Kentucky, but the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says that the numbers are showing some improvement.

Kevin Hall with the Health Department tells LEX 18 that the numbers are down from November. The health department says they went from an average of two reported cases per day in November to an average of one reported case in the months since.

“If you’re looking at those numbers, one per day is not bad,” Hall said.

“It’s not over,” he warned. “It’s not a reason to panic, but it’s not a reason to pat ourselves on the back and say, ‘This is finished.'”

The biggest improvement Hall said he has seen is that restaurant workers are getting vaccinated.

“We’ve signed several contracts with restaurants,” he said.

He said that getting vaccinated is not the only thing that can be done to help.

“We want to wash our hands frequently,” Hall said.