Due to an ongoing outbreak of Hepatitis A, Baptist Health Corbin and Whitley County Health Department are recommending vaccination for everyone in the tri-county area. Public Health Director Martha Steele says thorough hand washing is the best way of preventing the spread of the disease. Whitley County ranks fourth in the state with 104 cases of the disease being reported so far in the county during this current outbreak. According to the Kentucky Department of Public Health the outbreak in Kentucky was first reported in the Louisville area in early August 2017, and has since spread to other parts of the state. Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable communicable disease of the liver caused by the Hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter, even in microscopic amounts, from contact with contaminated objects, food, or drinks. More information about Hepatitis A is available online from the Centers for Disease Control and Information at https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm.
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