Two Kentuckians with underlying medical conditions die from Hep A

Leslie Hanson
November 3, 2018

"Last Thursday, it was officially 100 days since the most-recent case, and, for hepatitis A, that's the threshold we use that allows us to say it no longer meets the definition of an outbreak", Wooten said.

Latest numbers show Kentucky has had 2,275 cases and 14 deaths as a result of the outbreak, which has lasted approximately one year.

"The best way to prevent hepatitis A is to get vaccinated", Fayette Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh said in September. "The vaccine is effective and has an excellent track record". Always wash your hands before touching or eating food, after using the toilet and after changing a diaper. "Hand sanitizer is not as effective as soap and water against the hepatitis A virus".

Symptoms of hepatitis A include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dark urine and yellowing of the skin and eyes. People infected with the virus can have some or none of these symptoms, and it could take up to seven weeks for symptoms to appear after exposure. The infection is passing through person-to-person contact, health officials believe.

The disease is "usually spread when a person unknowingly eats or drinks something contaminated by small amounts of stool from an infected person", according to the health department.

After years of neglect, increased attention to San Diego's homeless population is what helped city health officials beat back the hepatitis A outbreak.

The health department says the two had underlying medical conditions which made their infections more severe. The vaccine is covered by most insurance plans.

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