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Hepatitis A outbreak over in northern Kentucky

December 10, 2019 GMT

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) —

The hepatitis A outbreak in northern Kentucky has been declared over by local health officials.

No new cases have been reported in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties in the last four months, the Northern Kentucky Health Department said Monday in a statement.

The outbreak began in August 2018 and officials documented 391 cases of the virus, including four deaths.

Hepatitis A is a contagious virus that infects the liver and can cause flu-like symptoms for several weeks.

Even though the outbreak is over, Northern Kentucky Health Department Director Lynne Saddler still urged people to get vaccinated. She said vaccinations will protect the individual and the community against future outbreaks.