2 hepatitis A deaths reported in Frankfort

Maricruz Casares
Noviembre 3, 2018

Of last month's cases, 74 percent were hospitalized, which is compared to about 53 percent in all of Kentucky. "We're continuing to fight it from a state and local level". Around two-thirds of the cases involve drug use and 20 percent have no risk factors noted, he said.

"The best way to prevent hepatitis A is to get vaccinated", Fayette Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh said in September.

Multiple states are experiencing outbreaks of acute hepatitis A. For the current USA outbreaks among people reporting drug use and/or homelessness and their contacts, vaccination is recommended.

Additionally, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends routine hepatitis A vaccination of children at one year of age. None have died in Fayette County.

The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is investigating two recent hepatitis A-related deaths in Franklin County.

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The health department says the two had underlying medical conditions which made their infections more severe.

Detected by the health department in late February 2017, infectious disease sleuths tracked the first likely case to the week of November 22, 2016.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can cause loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, stomach pain, brown colored urine, and light colored stools. People can become ill 15 days to 50 days after being exposed to the virus, the health department said.

Hepatitis A spreads when someone ingests the virus from objects, food or drinks contaminated by an infected person's stool.

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