Health officials talk central Kentucky's hepatitis A outbreak

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Hepatitis A outbreak in central Kentucky continues to grow.


The Lexington Health Department says the number of diagnosed cases is now eclipsing 90. Last week that number was just 75.

Two Lexington restaurant workers were diagnosed with hepatitis A just last week. While health department officials say the risk of contracting hepatitis A from a food service worker is low, they still advise patrons who ate at those restaurants to get vaccinated.

In fact, the Lexington Health Department has urged everyone to get the shot as the statewide hepatitis
A outbreak continues to fester.

Public health officials say the hepatitis a vaccine has been around for a while so there shouldn’t be any concern about a shortage. But it may take a few days for your doctor or pharmacy to obtain the vaccine if they aren’t equipped.

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