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LFCHD epidemiologists to stay on alert during WEG

A team of Lexington-Fayette County Health Department workers will be busy behind the scenes at the World Equestrian Games to make sure any potential disease outbreaks stay as contained as possible.

The LFCHD epidemiology division will be at the Kentucky Horse Park daily to watch for any communicable diseases, including those spread through food, water or the air.

“We want to be prepared in the unlikely event something happens,” said Jessica DuMaurier, LFCHD epidemiology team leader. “By having our epidemiologists on site, we can quickly respond to any of the illnesses by investigating to determine the source and how it’s transmitted in hopes of preventing further spread.”

The LFCHD epidemiologists will also receive information from all Lexington Fire Department and EMS runs during the Games, which will help them quickly identify any outbreaks or unusual exposures based on the patients’ symptoms.

“This is a multi-agency collaboration between LFCHD, the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Division of Laboratory Services,” DuMaurier said. “In addition, hospital emergency rooms and urgent treatment centers in Lexington and the surrounding counties will also be reporting information to us, all to give us a better idea of what’s happening at the Games.”

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