Two hepatitis A related deaths reported in Franklin County

Courtesy: MGNonline

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Franklin County Health Department is reporting two deaths related to hepatitis A infection.

The health department says both people had underlying medical conditions that contributed to the severity of their hepatitis A infections.

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According to the department, its investigation has not revealed that either individual was employed in the food service industry.

As of October 20, 2018, Franklin County has experienced 28 total cases of hepatitis A related to the larger statewide and national hepatitis A outbreak.

Kentucky has reported a total of 2,275 hepatitis A cases with 14 deaths.

These are the first two deaths in Franklin County.

Health officials say the primary risk factors for this hepatitis A outbreak continue to be illicit drug use and homelessness.