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Health officials are urging the community to get a hepatitis A vaccine.

Rate of Hepatitis A Infections May Be Slowing

Sep 10, 2018
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Kentucky has more than 1,600 cases of Hepatitis A, but Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey Howard said that rise in cases has prompted people outside of the high-risk groups to recognize the seriousness of the outbreak and the opportunity for prevention.

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A Daviess County pharmacist says the demand for Hepatitis A vaccine continues to grow in the face of a statewide outbreak.

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and inmate medical care provider Correct Care Solutions administered 610 hepatitis A vaccines to inmates and jail deputies on Saturday after one inmate tested positive.

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As many Kentucky students head back to school this week, the state Department for Public Health is reminding parents to make sure children and teens are up to date on their vaccines.

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Jim Thacker is frustrated.

The spokesperson for the Madison County, Kentucky, Health Department said there is a real threat of a Hepatitis A outbreak at the detention center right down the road in Richmond.

Built to house about 240 inmates, it holds more than 400.

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The low rumble of industrial fans fills the Catholic Action Center in Lexington, a shelter that provides meals and other services for homeless people.

  It’s mid-morning on a hot July day and dozens of people sit camped on couches in the entryway, or slouch at tables nearby. Despite the fans the air is stale from too many bodies too close together — ideal conditions for the spread of disease.

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In the midst of the largest hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky's history, health officials are urging anyone who lives in a county where cases have been confirmed to get vaccinated.

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The hepatitis A outbreak in Louisville and other parts of Kentucky is now the worst in the country.

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Like several other states, Kentucky is dealing with a statewide outbreak of Hepatitis A. 

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