Central Kentucky counties continue to see upswing in hepatitis A cases

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Some central Kentucky counties are continuing to see an upswing in hepatitis A cases


One of those counties is Fayette County. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says it has seen more than 85 cases in November and December alone, bringing the total to 124.

"I think it's finally just reached more momentum here in Lexington, especially among high-risk groups," commissioner of health Kraig Humbaugh said. "So 75 to 80 percent of our cases are folks who use substances but we have to remind people that 10 to 15 percent of the cases here in Lexington, we don't know of any risk factors."

The state numbers are showing no signs of slowing down either. There are now more than 3,200 cases as of mid-December. More than 20 have died as a result.

Experts are urging the public to get vaccinated and to practice proper handwashing. In order to have full immunity, you should get two shots. The second dose is given at least six months after the first one. Only 90 percent of people are protected against the virus after the first shot.

You can get a hepatitis A vaccination at your doctor's office, a pharmacy or at the health department.

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