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Kentucky health officials respond aggressively to Hepatitis A

Public health officials in Kentucky are responding agressively to a Hepatitis A outbreak, and Dr. Jeffrey Howard, acting director of the state health department issued a statement Friday saying it’s still safe to travel to Kentucky. Howard mentioned the May 5 Kentucky Derby and urged people to come on down to Churchill Downs. “As you… Continue Reading

State recommends hepatitis A vaccinations to curb outbreak

Kentucky’s Department of Public Health recommended on Monday that all unvaccinated people in six of the state’s counties seek hepatitis A vaccination because of an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A infections. Of the 311 cases currently known of in Kentucky, 214 victims live in the Jefferson County/Louisville area. Additionally, Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd counties have each reported five… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Besides hepatitis A, what do McDonald’s, Applebee’s and Texas Roadhouse have in common?


Answer: They are all in Kentucky where a hepatitis A outbreak has been ongoing for months. With 272 people infected with Hepatitis A in Kentucky, restaurants must offer hepatitis A vaccines to employees – its common sense. – Full Report A McDonald’s Corp. employee in Kentucky could have potentially spread hepatitis A to customers, according to local health… Continue Reading

McDonald’s stock slips on news of hepatitis A infected worker

Another foodservice worker in Kentucky has been confirmed infected with the hepatitis A virus, but this time a McDonald’s location is implicated and the customers who ate and drank there are not the only people at risk. The fast food giant’s shareholders saw their stock dip with the news. Madison County (Kentucky) Health Department officials… Continue Reading

Kentucky food handler with hepatitis A exposes customers

The Ashland-Boyd County Health Department is investigating a case of Hepatitis A in a food preparation worker at a convenience store in Ashland, a Kentucky city on the southern bank of the Ohio River. Health officials say the employee prepared food at Ken’s Express Mart in the 900 block of 29th St. and worked from… Continue Reading

County exec says sick employee caused outbreak; state less sure

Eagles Roost Sports Bar, Irvine, Ken.

The top official in Estill County Kentucky says a sick restaurant employee caused a Salmonella outbreak that sickened 83, but state officials say the root cause remains unknown. Wallace Taylor, executive judge for Estill County, said Tuesday he “is being told it was narrowed down to an employee” at the Eagles Roost restaurant and bar… Continue Reading

Root cause of Kentucky Salmonella outbreak eludes officials

State officials say a Salmonella outbreak in Estill County Kentucky that has sickened at least 72 is winding down as the root cause continues to evade investigators as it has for the past month. A dozen of the victims have required hospitalization. Most of the sick people are from Madison and Estill counties and a… Continue Reading