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Since Jan. 1, 2017, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) has identified 311 confirmed cases of acute hepatitis A, a liver disease caused by hepatitis A virus. An increase in cases since Aug. 1, 2017, primarily among the homeless and drug users, prompted declaration of a statewide outbreak in Nov. 2017. Viral sequencing has linked several outbreak-associated cases in Kentucky with outbreaks in California and Utah. 

KDPH is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health departments to provide guidance and education to health professionals and at-risk populations. Treatment for acute hepatitis A generally involves supportive care, with specific complications treated as appropriate. Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable disease.

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Counts as of Apr. 7, 2018

  • Total Outbreak: 311
  • Hospitalizations: 218
  • Deaths: 1

New cases the week of Apr. 1 - Apr. 7: 41

Last updated: Apr. 12, 2018


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The 52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign is designed to highlight the impact of health programs on the lives of Kentuckians. Throughout the campaign, public health professionals will share weekly reminders on the many ways Kentuckians benefit from public health.  Visit this page each week for tips for healthy Kentucky living or follow us on Facebook.

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Kentucky Health Information Exchange Declaration of Readiness: Program Year 2017

The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) is the public health authority for meaningful use reporting in Kentucky. Eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals/critical access hospitals (EH/CAHs) that wish to submit electronic immunization, syndromic surveillance, laboratory results and cancer cases (specialized registry reporting) in Kentucky must do so through KHIE. Additionally and with regard to the immunization registry, KHIE has the ability to respond to bidirectional queries and receive NDC codes.

For EHR incentive program year 2017, KHIE provides support for the following public health reporting measures:

  • Measure 1 – Immunization Registry Reporting
    Any EP or EH/CAH that administers any type of immunization (influenza, pneumococcal, HPV, chickenpox, shingles, etc.) during the EHR reporting period can submit to the immunization registry.
  • Measure 2 – Syndromic Surveillance Reporting
    In Kentucky, all EPs or EH/CAHs collect syndromic surveillance data. This option is available to all providers.
  • Measure 3 – Specialized Registry Reporting
    Any EP who diagnoses and/or treats cancer patients is eligible to submit to the Kentucky Cancer Registry through KHIE for specialized registry reporting.
  • Measure 4 – Electronic Reportable Laboratory Results Reporting
    Kentucky recently adopted legislation, 902 KAR 2:020, requiring laboratory results to be reported electronically to KHIE.

KHIE supports public health reporting data submission from ONC 2014 certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). KHIE will make a separate announcement when we are ready to begin onboarding public health reporting from providers using ONC 2015 CEHRT.


Last Updated 4/23/2018