Hepatitis A case closes Elliott Co. schools Friday

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ELLIOTt COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Elliott County School District says there will be no school Friday, September 14 due to someone having hepatitis A in the school community. Schools will be closed to allow custodial staff to sanitize and thoroughly clean each school.

They say the person diagnosed is not involved with food handling.

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The school district says the safety and well being of  students and staff is top priority.  Any time there is a health or safety issue, we want to be sure that our families have accurate information directly from us as quickly as possible.

Hepatitis A is not an airborne disease, but it can be contagious. It affects the liver, and can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, dark urine, and yellowing of the skin and eyes.  It usually spreads when a person unknowingly eats or drinks something contaminated by small amounts of stool from an infected person.

The school district wants to remind people that there are two very important ways to prevent infection from this and other contagious illnesses. Washing hands thoroughly and often is key.  Please stress this with your children.  Also, it is important that you and your children receive the two-dose vaccination for Hepatitis A.  Many children have already received this vaccination as part of their routine shots, but if your child has not received this vaccine, we encourage you to contact your family physician or the Elliott County Health Center at 738-5205. Anyone who has been in close proximity of the exposure has been contacted by the Elliott County Health Center and informed of necessary precautions.

You can reach out to your medical provider or the Elliott County Health Center if you have any questions or concerns.