Kentucky's hep A outbreak 'worst on record'

Kentucky public health officials confirmed 969 cases of Hepatitis A in the state as of June 27, representing one of the most severe outbreaks in years, according to Courier Journal.

The current outbreak has killed six individuals and sickened four times more people than the state's last hepatitis A outbreak in 1988.

"It's the worst on record across the nation and in Kentucky," Jeff Howard, MD, Kentucky Commissioner of Public Health, told Courier Journal.

The infection toll surpasses that of Michigan's hepatitis A outbreak, which reported 846 cases as of June 20.

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