Kentucky healthcare professionals said that more than 3000 cases of hepatitis A have been reported when the outbreak reaches their second year.
The Kentucky Department of Public Health said patients had been hospitalized in more than half of the state’s 3122 reported cases from August 2017 through the first week of December 2018. There have been 19 reported deaths in the outbreak.
Jefferson County, Kentucky’s most populated county, has the most reported cases with 642. Carter County has the highest incidence per capita by 126.
Officials in Jefferson and Fayette County have recommended that all residents be vaccinated against disease. Earlier vaccination efforts aimed at people at high risk of hepatitis A, including those using illegal drugs and homeless people.
Hepatitis A is transmitted through oral contact with fecal matter. It attacks the liver and causes symptoms, including abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, fever and jaundice.