Hepatitis A outbreak spreads south into Hardin County
Hardin County is now the latest community grappling with how to deal with the virus.
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- The hepatitis A virus is waging war on both sides of the Ohio River, and it's now spreading to the south.
Hardin County is now the latest community grappling with how to deal with it.
Sara Jo Best, director of the Lincoln Trail District Health Department, said two new cases of virus were identified Thursday.
"We've investigated 20 cases of hepatitis A in Hardin County, nine of which are residents of Hardin County," Best said.
None are in the food service industry there. Drug users and the homeless contract the virus easiest, but Best said 30 percent of cases don't include either group of people.
"The recommendation is for everyone to receive the vaccination," she said.
Best's organization is focusing its attention on a different set of people in Hardin County: the 8,000 people without health insurance.
"The health department is trying to take an active role in assuring the availability of that vaccine," Best said.
It's holding a clinic next Monday to help. If you're uninsured and from Hardin County, you're urged to come get vaccinated between 2-7 p.m. at the office on New Glendale Road.
"Taking these steps will help reduce the potential for larger numbers, by a building immunity through a community that's vaccinated," Best said.
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