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Measure Seeks Review of Kentucky’s Response to Hepatitis Outbreak

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky lawmakers have advanced a proposal that calls for a review of the state’s response to a hepatitis A outbreak that became one of the country’s largest. Senate Minority Floor Leader Morgan McGarvey said Monday the goal is to determine how the outbreak occurred, how it spread and how such outbreaks… Read More

Officials: Ohio Has a Hepatitis A Outbreak, But It’s Not New

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Department of Health says reports that wrongly imply a newly declared outbreak of hepatitis A are circulating around the state, apparently prompted by a recent case involving a restaurant worker. A statewide outbreak of hepatitis A was declared last summer. Department spokesman J.C. Benton said Monday that outbreak remains… Read More

Infection And Inequality: How The Income Gap Fuels Ohio Valley’s Hep A Outbreak

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Jim Thacker is frustrated. The spokesperson for the Madison County, Kentucky, Health Department said there is a real threat of a Hepatitis A outbreak at the detention center right down the road in Richmond. Built to house about 240 inmates, it holds more than 400. “It’s like a petri dish, they are packed so close together,” he… Read More

Battling An Outbreak: Businesses And Health Officials Respond As Ohio Valley’s Hep A Cases Climb

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The low rumble of industrial fans fills the Catholic Action Center in Lexington, a shelter that provides meals and other services for homeless people. It’s mid-morning on a hot July day and dozens of people sit camped on couches in the entryway, or slouch at tables nearby. Despite the fans the air is stale from too many… Read More

Regional Hep A Outbreak Linked To Ohio Valley Addiction Crisis

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A Hepatitis A outbreak growing in the Louisville area since last summer reached a new peak recently with a travel advisory from Indiana health officials. They told Hoosiers heading to Kentucky to get a Hep A vaccine. Soon, Kentucky’s Acting Commissioner for Public Health Dr. Jeffrey Howard was pushing back. “Let me say that it IS safe… Read More