Whitley County Health Department officials say as of the last state report, they ranked third on the largest amount of hepatitis A cases in the state. Officials say misconceptions however, can spread the virus, if proper precautions are not taken. Kathleen Croley, Health Educator at the Whitley County Health Department, says it’s not just fast food, it’s not just eating out. She says the people most at risk are those with illicit drug use and homeless. Officials say this is why it is a much wider spread issue, coming into contact at gas pumps, door knobs, and anything that many people use publicly. Croley says it is important to take responsibility and get vaccinated, especially in outbreak areas like Whitley County, and hand washing. Officials say while three of their cases were from employees at restaurants, no cases of hepatitis A they received were from people who ate at restaurants. Staff at the Whitley County Health Department say anyone with questions can contact them.
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