Sixth Food Worker With Hepatitis A In Kentucky County

May 17, 2018

Health officials say a sixth food worker in a northern Kentucky county has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

An electron micrograph of the Hepatitis A virus (HAV), an RNA virus that can survive up to a month at room temperature.
Credit CDC/Betty Partin

Media outlets report that the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department said an employee who handled food at RJ Kahuna's restaurant on U.S. Highway 60 in Ashland was diagnosed with the disease Tuesday.

Officials say the restaurant's employees will be required to get a vaccine before returning to work. The restaurant will remain voluntarily closed to allow for workers to develop immunity.

The Kentucky Department of Public Health is recommending vaccinations for residents of Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter, and Boyd counties.

Officials say six food workers have been diagnosed with hepatitis A in Boyd County.