INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana health officials are advising residents to get vaccinated for hepatitis A if their summer plans include visits to Kentucky or Michigan.
The Department of Health says significant outbreaks of the liver-damaging hepatitis A virus have been reported in Kentucky and Michigan.
The agency says Kentucky has seen more than 300 cases of the highly contagious viral infection , most of those in the Louisville area. Michigan has had more than 800 cases, including 25 deaths.
Indiana typically sees less than 20 hepatitis cases each year, but 77 have been confirmed since January.
State Epidemiologist Pam Pontones says getting vaccinated for hepatitis A and thoroughly washing hands when preparing food are "simple, safe and effective ways" to prevent the spread of hepatitis A.
(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- Hepatitis vaccines urged for travelers to Kentucky, Michigan
- Video conferences help doctors treat hepatitis
- Officials warn of infections caused by vaccinations given in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio
- Kentucky governor says he exposed his children to chickenpox rather than getting vaccine
- A Michigan hotel is offering free accommodations for anyone traveling for an abortion
- DeKalb County Health Department warns of possible Hepatitis A exposure
- Kroger recalls some berries over possible Hepatitis A contamination
- Storms kill four people in Kentucky, Arkansas
- Anti-vaccination conspiracy theories thrive on Amazon
- Regulators approve Indiana Michigan Power rate hike