Health officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health say the Hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky may get worse before it gets better. Kentucky Commissioner for Public Health, Dr. Jeffery Howard says, “This has been going on across the country for about two years, “so if that’s any precedent, we may consider ourselves in this predicament at least a year from now.” Howard says that the outbreak started in California before spreading to Utah. It has since made its way to Michigan and Kentucky. In Kentucky, the outbreak has turned deadly three times. But health officials say those who died also had pre-existing health conditions that lead to co-morbidity. Health officials say the average number of cases of Hepatitis A in Kentucky is 20 a year, but in the last six months, 400 cases have been reported. Starting for the 2018-2019 school year, all Kentucky students must have the vaccine before the school year starts. That mandated passed in December, just a month after the outbreak was declared in Kentucky.
Wildcat Football and Basketball games air on WSIP FM