Health department recommends hepatitis A vaccinations as Lexington cases increase

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) - The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is asking people to get vaccinated as it is seeing more hepatitis A cases.

Lexington now has 12 hepatitis A cases, and the state has reported a total of 1,620. Of Kentucky's 120 counties, 86 have had at least one reported case during the outbreak. So far, 13 have died, and 56 percent of cases resulted in hospitalizations.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease which is spread when people eat or drink something contaminated with the fecal matter of an infected person.

Health officials say proper handwashing can prevent the spread of the virus.

Those infected with hepatitis A show symptoms including fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools and jaundice. Homeless individuals, drug users and inmates are the at-risk groups.

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