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April 18, 2018

In the midst of a Hepatitis-A outbreak affect over 300 studentsin neighboring Boyd, Carter and Greenup counties local Health Dept. officials said today that there is plenty of vaccine available for those who want it.

Enders said the virus is not the type that can cause death and other serious maladies, it is still very uncomfortable for those who contract it.

“Hepatitis A is a medical concern, heightened by the recent media attention to events in Ashland and surrounding areas," LC Preparedness Coordinator Ron Enders said. "While one can never rule out the possibility of contracting Hepatitis A in a food establishment, the chances of doing so are minimal."

Enders said it does not cause long term damage and it can be prevented.

"Risk factors increase when someone eats or drinks something contaminated by fecal matter, Enders said. "An important fact to know about Hep A is that unlike other types of hepatitis, Hep A does not cause long term liver damage. It does not become a chronic issue."

Good hygiene is very important. Please be sure to wash your hands before eating and after using the restroom.

Finally, for those who are concerned, vaccines will be available at the Lawrence County Health Department. Please call first to check on current vaccine availability. (606) 638-4389.”



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0 #2 New Generation 2018-04-20 14:11
Now days these morons they hire won't even wash their hands after a bathroom break. Is there any way the government can do this for them?
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-1 #1 J.F. 2018-04-18 22:23
How much is it for the vaccine?
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