During the week of March 10 through 16, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) reported an additional eight fatalities linked to the outbreak, bringing the death toll tally to 52 since August 2017. However, officials report seven of the deaths being reported this week were identified through periodic death record review. This week’s death count may appear artificially high due to delays in death certification.
Of the outbreak total of 4,381 hepatitis A cases reported in Kentucky, 2108, or 48 percent of the people required hospitalization and 1.2 percent died.
Eighty-seven percent of Kentucky counties have reported cases with nine seeing greater than 100 cases–Jefferson (654), Laurel (211), Whitley (194), Fayette (187), Boyd (171), Madison (142), Floyd (139), Carter (127) and Kenton (112).
Eighteen states are currently and had recently experienced hepatitis A outbreaks.
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