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Three new Hepatitis-A cases reported in Taylor Co.

No additional cases of Hepatitis A were reported in Adair, Casey Green, Metcalfe or Russell Counties between September 29 and October 6, 2018, but three additional Hepatitis A cases were reported in Taylor Co. during that period, according to the latest report from Kentucky Department for Public Health, available at chfs.ky.gov. No data was available for Cumberland County.

Taylor has seen 1-3 addition cases per week for the last several weeks of reporting, bringing the total to 35 reported cases during the August 1, 2017 October 6, 2018 period covered by the KY DPH's most recent publication (Acute Hepatitis A Outbreak Week 40 Report (PDF).

CountySept-22Sept-29Oct-6Rate/100k
Adair22210.3
Casey12212.7
CumberlandNANANANA
Green22218.1
Metcalfe1119.9
Russell1115.6
Taylor313235137.4


According to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services web site, "Similar to hepatitis A outbreaks in other states, the primary risk factors remain illicit drug use and homelessness. A contaminated food source has not been identified, and HAV transmission is believed to be occurring through person-to-person contact."

This story was posted on 2018-10-17 14:10:17
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