Kentucky, Indiana latest states to report hepatitis A outbreaks

Hepatitis A is most frequently transmitted by eating food or drinking water handled by someone who has not properly washed their hands.

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  • Indiana has identified 69 cases since January
  • Kentucky cases have been linked to cases in Utah and California

(CNN)Kentucky and Indiana have become the latest states to experience hepatitis A outbreaks.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health has identified 400 cases since August and declared a statewide outbreak in November.
    Seventy-six cases have been identified in Indiana since November, 69 of them in 2018 alone, according to the state's Department of Health.
    No cases have resulted in deaths in Indiana, but there have been three in Kentucky this year.
    Both states see an average of about 20 cases of hepatitis in a typical year, health officials said.
    During a hepatitis A emergency, there's a nationwide shortage of vaccine