LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The number of Hepatitis A cases continues to climb in Louisville, according to the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

On Tuesday, the department issued the following post on its official Twitter account:

Officials say 194 cases have been diagnosed in the Louisville area.

Symptoms of the virus are similar to a stomach bug. Someone can be infected with hepatitis A for up to two weeks before showing symptoms.

Local doctors say good hand washing is essential to killing the disease and that hand sanitizer doesn't work.

Authorities are also encouraging people to get vaccinated.

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