Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Barren River Health department recommends vaccines during hepatitis A outbreak

Barren River Health department recommends vaccines during hepatitis A outbreak

The health department will begin administering free Hepatitis A vaccines on May 29 at all three health centers to three at-risk groups: illicit drug users, men who have sex with men, and homeless people.

An official cause of death has not been released.

Officials say the best way to prevent Hepatitis A is to get the vaccination, which is provided at clinics, doctors' offices and hospitals.

Gupta said there have been 121 confirmed or suspected cases of hepatitis A in eight counties, majority in Kanawha and Putnam counties. Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person.

Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) officials announced today details of a hepatitis A outbreak that is occurring in Nashville.

In recent months, several workers at restaurants and groceries in Louisville have been diagnosed with hepatitis A, and a joint effort has been made by Public Health and Wellness and the University of Louisville's Global Health Center to reach people doing that type of work.

Howard says the funding will provide 1,000 additional vaccine doses for each county - for a total of 10,000 doses.

The state averages fewer than 20 cases a year. Those include Boyd and Greenup counties, which are adjacent to West Virginia, as well as Bullitt, Carter, Hardin, Jefferson, McCracken, Meade, Montgomery and Warren. One will be held May 25, 2018 at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. In a Facebook Live video, acting State Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey Howard says the San Diego, California-traced outbreak first hit the Louisville area and has since fanned out. Anyone who is unsure whether they need the vaccine should contact their local health department or medical professional. But once symptoms appear, patients often initially report weakness, jaundice (yellowing of the skin), and abdominal pain. This is more common in people 50 and older and people with liver disease.

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