1 dead in Louisville, cause possibly Hepatitis A

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LOUISVILLE Ky. (WKYT) - An individual in Louisville is dead, and the Kentucky Department of Public Health believes Hepatitis A could be the cause of death.

Test results showed the individual met the case definition for Hepatitis A. The state says they will conduct further tests to confirm the case.

More than 150 cases of Hepatitis A have been reported throughout Kentucky. 124 of those cases are in Jefferson County.

Other counties which have confirmed a case of Hepatitis A include Anderson, Boyd, Bullitt, Carter, Hopkins, Kenton, Leslie, Marion, McCracken, Russell, Spencer and Taylor County.

State health experts say people are more likely to contract Hepatitis A if they are men who have sex with other men, use illicit drugs or are homeless. Other risk factors include hemophilia or caregivers of those infected with Hepatitis A.

The most common way Hepatitis A is spread from person to person is by putting something in your mouth that has been contaminated with the stool of a person infected with Hepatitis A.

The CDC recommends Hepatitis A vaccines for adults.

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