With no end in sight for the hepatitis A outbreak in Louisville, health leaders are doing everything they can to educate the community.
Louisville has been dealing with a hepatitis A outbreak since November 2017 and 339 cases have been reported by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health.
It is a highly contagious liver infection that can be deadly. Hepatitis A is spread when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person.
The symptoms of hepatitis A can be brutal and can last two to three weeks.
Diarrhea, vomiting and nausea are the main symptoms but some people may also experience pain in the abdomen, joints, or muscles, as well as fatigue, fever, or loss of appetite, dark urine, itching, weight loss, or yellow skin and eyes (jaundice).
People with hepatitis A will need to stay home and stay away from others until the symptoms pass. Plenty of rest will help. There are no specific medicines to cure hepatitis A. If symptoms become severe, people should get medical attention.
But, experts said people can avoid it all with a vaccine.
Experts also wanted to remind the public that washing their hands with soap and water is critical, but hand sanitizer will not cut it.