LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Hepatitis A is spreading across Kentucky, and many of the cases are being seen in Louisville.

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection.

Symptoms of the virus include fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). People can become ill 15-20 days after being exposed to the virus.

281 people have been diagnosed with Hepatitis A in Louisville since November 2017.

Health workers say the best way to protect yourself is to get the Hepatitis A vaccine.

The Hepatitis A vaccine comes in a series of two shots, given 6 months apart.

Officials say once you get the shot you are protected for life against the virus.

Several food workers in our area have reportedly contracted the virus, but health officials say there have been no reports of people contracting Hepatitis A by eating food at those restaurants.

Metro Public Health officials say more than 1,100 food service workers in Louisville have gotten the vaccine.

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