Madison County declares hepatitis A outbreak

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MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Madison County Health Department is recommending everyone in the county receive the hepatitis A vaccination.

The health department has declared a hepatitis A outbreak as the number of cases in the county increase.

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Madison County is now reporting 24 cases.

“We have always known that Madison County would eventually declare outbreak status due to the nature of the statewide situation which is why we have been so proactive in our efforts to vaccinate the at-risk populations in the county,” Madison County Public Health Director Nancy Crewe said in a statement. “These efforts should have a mitigating effect on the severity of the outbreak.”

There are a reported 2,050 cases across the state, with 14 deaths associated with the outbreak.

The state says more than half of the cases involved hospitalization