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There is a hepatitis A outbreak in Louisville.  The outbreak was declared in November of 2017.  To date there have been 252 cases and 1 death associated with this outbreak.  The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness continues to work to control an outbreak of acute hepatitis A that has centered in the city’s homeless and among those who use illicit drugs.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by a virus. It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water.  The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is to get vaccinated.