Kentucky leads the nation in the rate of acute hepatitis C, with 4.1 cases for every 100,000 residents, more than six times the national average, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Hepatitis B is a highly infectious virus that attacks the liver and can lead to severe illness, liver damage and death. It is spread through blood and certain body fluids. There is no cure for hepatitis B, but there is a three-dose vaccination for it. Hepatitis C is also a virus that attacks the liver, and is spread through blood contact. It does not have a vaccination.
The conference will host Dr. John Ward, director of CDC’s viral hepatitis program, as its keynote speaker. State Health Commissioner Stephanie Mayfield will offer opening remarks.
A full day of presentations will include an array of topics including hepatitis in infants, hepatitis in children, co-infections of hepatitis and HIV, prevention, treatment. incorporating hepatitis into telehealth, and several sessions regarding hepatitis among people who inject drugs and drug addiction
The event is presented by the Kentucky Department for Public Health and its Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Program, and the Kentucky Rural Health Association.