4336 Hepatitis A Victims in Kentucky in Last 24 Months: No source Identified in Hepatitis A Outbreak
- Tony Coveny | Mar 25, 2019
Amid hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky, elementary school lunchroom employee diagnosed
A hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky has sickened 4,336 people, with 2,084 of those hospitalized. The outbreak has resulted in 44 deaths so far. The Kentucky Department of Public Health declared the hepatitis A outbreak in November 2017.
One of those recently infected is an elementary school food service employee. The employee handled food at Indian Hills Elementary School in Christian County, Kentucky.
Tony Coveny, PhD, Infectious Disease Attorney
The Christian County Health Department announced the diagnosis on March 20. Health officials are continuing to investigate this hepatitis A outbreak
. The elementary school is working with the health department to ensure that anyone who may have been exposed is taking precautions. They are concerned that others in the community may be infected, although the health department states that the risk of anyone who ate at the elementary school becoming sick is low.
Hepatitis A affects the liver
. It spreads from eating food and water contaminated by particles of fecal matter or through contact with an infected person. It often spreads when an infected person does not wash their hands after using the bathroom. Symptoms include yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark-colored urine, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fever and gray stool.
People who handle food must be particularly careful not to become infected and not to spread the infection to others. Hepatitis A can spread quickly
in environments such as schools and day cares, where people come in close contact with each other. Health officials strongly recommend that people who handle food wash their hands thoroughly and regularly and avoid unclean food and water.
For more about this hepatitis A outbreak
, the legal options for hepatitis A victims
, or to investigate the option of filing a hepatitis A lawsuit
, call to speak to a food poisoning lawyer