Hepatitis A confirmed in Lexington food worker

Desiree Burns
November 4, 2018

A KFC employee in Frankfort has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

The health department says that while it is relatively uncommon for restaurant customers to become infected with the hepatitis A virus due to an infected food handler, anyone who consumed food or drink at Frisch's at this location since October 28, 2018 is advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination. Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention.

Symptoms include jaundice, dark-colored urine, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea and fever.

The best ways to prevent hepatitis A are to get vaccinated and to practice good hand washing.

The KFC temporarily closed for a thorough cleaning on Thursday.

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An employee of Frisch's located at 1927 Harrodsburg has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. Lexington Health officials are urging customers who visited the restaurant from October 10 to October 28 to get a hepatitis A vaccination. Neither worked in the food service industry.

Since August 2017, more than 2,275 outbreak-associated cases of acute hepatitis A have been reported in 94 of Kentucky's 120 counties.

This case arises in the midst of a statewide outbreak of hepatitis A, which has plagued Franklin County as well as 93 of the 119 other counties in Kentucky. Two deaths were announced last week in Franklin County. Both individuals also suffered from other chronic illnesses.

On Oct. 4, a case of hepatitis A was discovered with a food handler at Hardee's, 1248 USA 127, on Frankfort's west side.

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