Earlier this month, we reported on a hepatitis A outbreak update for Kentucky.

hepatitis AIn that report, Kentucky health officials put the death toll in the outbreak at 25. However, according to new data released for week 5 of 2019, we see a 15 death increase to 40 total since the outbreak began.

According to the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), the additional 15 deaths were identified following a 2018 year-end death record review. DPH notes that these additional deaths occurred throughout various months in 2018.

The outbreak total in cases now stands at 3,997 since Aug. 2017, and half required hospitalization.

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