Anne Saker and Terry DeMio Cincinnati Enquirer Published 10:12 PM EST Dec 2, 2018 The outbreak of hepatitis A in Northern Kentucky is worsening. Here are five questions about the liver disease and the difficulties of bringing the outbreak under control. What’s new? The Northern Kentucky Health Department reported Nov. 30 that the number of cases has surged just in the past three months. The department announced an outbreak in August when it counted more than 50 cases. Now, though, more than 200 cases have been reported across Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties. Kentucky has been dealing with the outbreak for a solid year, Ohio since June. Two deaths in Kentucky have been attributed to hepatitis A. More: NKY health department: Hepatitis A outbreak means you should be vaccinated What is hepatitis A? The disease is preventable by vaccine. It spreads when a person ingests fecal matter, even tiny amounts, from contaminated food or drink. The liver is the most affected. Health authorities say the people most likely to be infected with hepatitis A are needle-drug users, the homeless, and some men who have sex with men. Symptoms include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, clay-colored stools and jaundice…. Read full this story
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