Hepatitis A kills 2 in Frankfort as Kentucky outbreak death toll increases

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - The Franklin County Health Department says two are dead as a result of the state's ongoing hepatitis A outbreak.

The health department says the two had underlying medical conditions which made their infections more severe.

Franklin County has a total of 28 cases of hepatitis A, and these are the first two deaths for the county.

Latest numbers show Kentucky has had 2,275 cases and 14 deaths as a result of the outbreak, which has lasted approximately one year.

More than one-half of all cases have been associated with illicit drug usage.

Hepatitis A spreads when someone ingests the virus from objects, food or drinks contaminated by an infected person's stool. Symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, stomach pain, brown-colored urine, and light-colored stools. Yellowing of the skin or eyes may
also appear.

Proper handwashing is recommended to help stop the spread of the virus.

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