Taylor County: There are Now 5 Confirmed Cases of HepA in Taylor County Associated with the Present Multi-state Outbreak

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Kentucky has been experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak, with 884 cases reported since August 2017 and 525 hospitalizations. The Lake Cumberland region has had 10 cases, 5 of which have occurred in Taylor County. Five cases in one county has been designated as a threshold by the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) to recommend everyone residing in Taylor County to be vaccinated. Hepatitis A vaccination is available at most local pharmacies, health departments and health care providers.

According to the CDC: “Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis A is a self-limited disease that does not result in chronic infection. Most adults with hepatitis A have symptoms, including fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice, that usually resolve within 2 months of infection; most children less than 6 years of age do not have symptoms or have an unrecognized infection. The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is to get vaccinated.”

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms should immediately seek medical attention. Anyone with possible exposure and not experiencing symptoms is encouraged to contact their healthcare provider or the health department for a post-exposure hepatitis A vaccination. For more information about hepatitis A, please visit CDC: HepA.

19 thoughts on “Taylor County: There are Now 5 Confirmed Cases of HepA in Taylor County Associated with the Present Multi-state Outbreak

      1. In Adair Co. Anderson’s Pizza has had an employee with Hep A. We got our shot at Kroger’s in Campbellsville this Monday. The Restaurant announced it.

          1. They did have an employee with HepA. So, there is a low risk. However, they are safe now. They've cleaned and vaccinated their employees.

      1. Most of the pharmacies and doctor's office have the vaccine. No HepA cases in Taylor are associated with a restaurant.

  1. Where do you get the vaccine at??? I really want to get it. It scares me to death to leave my house.

    1. There are probably still doses at the health department. Most pharmacies have stocked up as well as many doctor's offices.

  2. What about marion co and do we need to get the shot.?What restaurants were they working?

    1. I'm sorry, Marion County is outside our jurisdiction. They can be reached at 270-692-3393.

  3. Were all 5 of the confirmed cases in Taylor County, confirmed in 2018? If not how many are from 2018?

      1. There are cases at McDonald in greensburg. In have a nephew that works there and the managers talk about and haven't offered any vaccines for the employees he had to pay for his own vaccines

        1. It is likely there are many cases of HepA (and HepC) that are "unknown" to the health department. We can't require people to be vaccinated, we can only recommend it.

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