Worker Diagnosed with Hepatitis A in Northern Kentucky

A food service worker at the Newport Syndicate at 18 E. Fifth St. in Newport has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, a virus that attacks the liver. The Northern Kentucky Health Department is advising everyone in Northern Kentucky to get vaccinated for the virus.

Hepatitis A is passed to people from ingestion of the virus, says Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine at the UC College of Medicine and a UC Health physician.

“Typically persons infected can accidentally pass the virus to others by contamination of foods, kissing or oral contact,” says Fichtenbaum. “Outbreaks often occur in relation to contaminated foods with fruits and vegetables.”

Fichtenbaum advises anyone who thinks they have been exposed to hepatitis A should see a doctor within two weeks. Persons at risk of exposure can receive immune globulin and vaccination.

“There are some groups of individuals who are at higher risk of complications and routine vaccination is recommended,” says Fichtenbaum. “There are updates from time to time at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and in local news outlets alerting the public about outbreaks. It is useful for individuals to pay attention to these to avoid contact and know when to seek medical advice.”

Learn More: Information about Hepatitis A can be found at the CDC website.

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