Dear Healthcare, Public Health, and Laboratory Colleagues:
As the recent hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky continues, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) would like to ask for the help of clinicians and laboratorians to obtain information and additional lab specimens to assist us in characterizing the outbreak, intervening to prevent further cases, and to control the outbreak.
Please find attached our current guidance and recommendations which we are asking to be implemented at the point a patient is suspected by clinical assessment of having an acute hepatitis A infection. The first attachment provides our basic recommendations and the supporting documents are to be used as per the clinical/laboratory guidance. Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the guidance itself, the first attachment, "KY HAV Outbreak Clinician-Lab Guidance 12-12-17." If you work in a public health agency, please disseminate this information to local providers in your jurisdiction, especially private providers who might not be linked with hospital or corporate healthcare agencies.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Jonathan Ballard (State Epidemiologist), Dr. Robert Brawley (Infectious Disease Branch Chief) or myself, at the phone number below.
Thank you, in advance, for your critical help in assisting us to deal with this outbreak.
Doug Thoroughman, PhD, MS
Deputy State Epidemiologist
Kentucky Department for Public Health
275 E. Main St., HS 2GW-C
Frankfort, KY 40621