Hepatitis A Diagnosed in NKY School Cafeteria Worker

( Covington, Kentucky ) - The ongoing hepatitis A outbreak in northern Kentucky continues.

In an update on Tuesday, the Northern Kentucky Health Department says a cafeteria worker at John G Carlisle Elementary School has been diagnosed. That employee was reportedly working while they were infectious from November 13 up until Monday, December 3.

"What's different about this case is the general public is not at risk. The people we want to make sure get vaccinated, if they haven't been vaccinated, are family members who may have eaten at the cafeteria during this time period. And of course, we want to make sure the children have, in fact, been vaccinated," said Dr Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health at the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

The good news when it comes to children is, by state law, children had to get a hepatitis A vaccine before they could start school this year. 

As of the start of this year, more than 200 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in northern Kentucky counties. 

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