There is a hepatitis A  outbreak in Louisville.  On November 28 the Kentucky Department for Public Health declared an outbreak of acute Hepatitis A (HAV) with cases in multiple counties in Kentucky. The overwhelming majority of the cases have been in Louisville, primarily among the homeless, and people who use drugs. As of May 4, 2018 Louisville’s Department of Health and Wellness confirms the hepatitis outbreak in Jefferson County has reached 314 cases including 1 death since November.

The following Information is from Louisville’s Department of Health and Wellness:

What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected. Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can cause Hepatitis but a virus often causes Hepatitis. In the United States, the most common hepatitis viruses are Hepatitis A virus, Hepatitis B virus, and Hepatitis C virus.

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Although rare, Hepatitis A can cause death in some people. Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person.

How is Hepatitis A spread?

Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person. Hepatitis A can also spread from close personal contact with an infected person such as through sex or caring for someone who is ill.

Who is most at risk for Hepatitis A?

Although anyone can get Hepatitis A, in the United States, certain groups of people have a higher risk:

People who are homeless
People who use drugs (injection or non-injection)
Men who have sexual contact with men
People with direct contact with someone who has Hepatitis A
Travelers to countries where Hepatitis A is common
Household members or caregivers of a recent adoptee from countries where Hepatitis A is common
People with clotting factor disorders, such as hemophilia
People working with nonhuman primates
If you are in one of these high risk groups, please call us at 502-574-6675 to ask about being vaccinated against Hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is a vaccine preventable disease.


Recommendations for Providers during the Current Hepatitis A Outbreak
General information on Hepatitis A for providers can be found here.

1. Consider HAV infection in individuals, especially the homeless, people who use drugs and MSMs (Men who have Sex with Men) with discrete onset of symptoms (e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, fever, malaise, dark urine, light-colored stool, or abdominal pain), and jaundice or elevated liver function tests.

2. Complete the HAV Risk Questionnaire on all suspect cases and report all confirmed cases with 24 hours. Please complete the HAV Risk Questionnaire found here on all suspected cases and fax it to the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness at 502-574-5865.

Providers should also report all lab confirmed HAV cases within 24 hours to the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness by fax at 502-574-5865 or by phone at 502-574-6675. Please use the EPID200 form found here. This is required reporting and is not a violation of HIPAA.

3. Provide post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for close contacts of confirmed HAV cases. Susceptible people exposed to hepatitis A virus (HAV) should receive a dose of single-antigen HAV vaccine or intramuscular (IM) immune globulin (IG) (0.1 mL/kg), or both, as soon as possible within 2 weeks of last exposure. The efficacy of combined HAV/Hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine for PEP has not been evaluated, so it is not recommended for PEP. Providers who do not have available vaccine may direct patients to the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness at 400 E. Gray St.

4. Provide HAV vaccine to the homeless, people who use drugs and MSMs (Men who have Sex with Men) who are not already immunized. The combined HAV/HBV vaccine may be used in this group if the individual is not already immune to HBV.

5. Provide HAV vaccine to unimmunized school age children. Effective July 1, 2018 all Kentucky students in kindergarten through twelfth grade must show proof of having received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school. Providers should begin providing these immunizations to their patients.

As you change your clocks and move them forward, please take a moment and check your smoke detector and change the battery!  This simple task can be life saving!

Lyndon Fire personnel will come to your house to check, replace or install a smoke detector at no charge. To request this service simply click on “Forms” at and fill out the Smoke Detector request form. You can also give us a call at (502) 425-7474.

Jefferson County residents affected by the recent flood may drop off debris at any of seven sites beginning today through March 24. Six of the sites will be open Thursday-Saturday from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. The Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue, will be open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. No yard waste or construction debris other than flood-damaged drywall and insulation will be accepted. Electronics must be separated from other items. To qualify for free drop-off, residents must present two forms of identification verifying Louisville residency.

The Thursday-Saturday sites are as follows:

· Bethany Lane, 10500 Lower River Road
· Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Avenue
· Outer Loop Recycling Center, 7201 Outer Loop
· Dixie Recycling Center, 7219 Dixie Highway
· Charlie Vettiner Park, 5550 Charlie Vettiner Park Road
· Hubbards Lane Recycling Center, 595 Hubbards Lane

Those who cannot drop off debris at the sites listed above may request pickup service. These requests must be made by telephone or email no later than 5 p.m. on March 9 to 574-3571 (ext. 0) or This service is for flood-damaged items only.

Many Kentuckians have rightly been confused about whether or not their KY drivers license are valid for domestic air travel.  With multiple deadline extensions being given to the Commonwealth of Kentucky by the federal  Department of Homeland Security, no wonder we are all confused.  The information below is from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet website.


Kentucky driver license and ID card holders will not see any changes in the state’s driver license and identification card issuance system until January 1, 2019.

New Voluntary Travel ID’s will not be available until 2019.

Kentucky driver licenses will be approved for use for domestic air travel and all other federal purposes until new licenses become available.
KYTC will be partnering with numerous other organizations (private and public) on a comprehensive public education campaign to fully explain the new driver license system in 2018.

​Kentuckians can continue to use their current driver license or ID card to visit federal offices such as Social Security, VA facilities, and federal court houses. Current driver license or ID cards are still valid for entering Federal facilities that do not require a person to present identification, voting or registering to vote, applying for or receiving Federal benefits, being licensed by a state and being able to drive in all 50 states and accessing health or life preserving services (including hospitals and health clinics), law enforcement, or constitutionally protected activities (including a defendant’s access to court proceedings)​.

Since an additional extension has been granted:
The federal Department of Homeland Security has determined that Kentucky driver licenses are acceptable forms of identification for all federal facilities, including military installations and other restricted access facilities. Kentuckians can freely access Social Security offices, VA facilities, federal courthouses and to apply for federal benefits. Kentuckians may also continue to use their Kentucky Driver License to board commercial domestic flights.

Members of the Lyndon Fire Department have committed to climb with the American Lung Association to raise funds for healthy lungs and healthy air. When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.  The funds they raise will help provide patient education and support important research and advocacy efforts for everyone living with lung disease including COPD, lung cancer and asthma.  As they Step Up to the Challenge, we hope you will too!

Please consider donating in the name of our team (Lyndon Fire) on our team page.  Donate by clicking HERE

The Fight For Air Climb is an American Lung Association signature fundraising event. Climbs are held in prominent skyscrapers, giving participants the opportunity to join together with friends, family and co-workers as they climb the stairs of the building to the top!  This years Louisville Climb will take place in the 38 floor tall PNC Tower and require participants to ascend 768 steps. Over the last several years, our Fight For Air Climbs have raised more than $45 million to support the mission of the American Lung Association.

More than 30,000 participants from 52 Climb events across the country came together last year to raise more than $8.3 million. This year, you can raise money to support research, patient education and advocacy efforts.

The Fight For Air Climbs vary in the number of flights and stairs to climb, but each event offers an opportunity for teams and individuals to challenge themselves. Whether you are climbing as a part of a healthy lifestyle, to beat your previous time or in honor of all those who are affected by lung disease, you will achieve a sense of personal accomplishment as you reach the top of the building and the height of your fundraising potential. Every step you take moves us forward in our fight for healthy lungs and clean air.

Please Donate Today, Together We Can Make A Difference!

FEBRUARY 3, 2018 8 AM (ET)
PNC Tower | Louisville, Kentucky
38 Floors, 768 Steps




Due to a generous donation by the Louisville Kennel Club, most all fire stations in Louisville and Jefferson County, continue to be equipped with “Pet Oxygen Masks”.  Lyndon, and other fire departments in the area, recently took delivery of these kits which have proven beneficial in the past for the “furry” ones in the area which we protect too!  Thanks go out to all the members of the Louisville Kennel Club, Chairman of the Board Betty Williams, and their President Cheryl Flanagan for this potentially life saving donation.

This warning is no longer in effect.

The following weather statement was issued by the National Weather Service office in Louisville.  We encourage all residents of our area to prepare now for this predicted weather. Possible power outages are possible with this storm so please be prepared with alternate plans to keep warm in the event you loose power.

Weather Alert
Winter Storm Warning issued January 11 at 3:03PM EST until January 13 at 1:00AM EST by NWS Louisville

…WINTER STORM TO AFFECT MUCH OF SOUTHERN INDIANA AND CENTRAL KENTUCKY FRIDAY and Friday night… .Rain will change to freezing rain from west to east on Friday, and then change to accumulating snow by late Friday afternoon. The combination of ice and snow accumulations will result in hazardous travel Friday and Friday night. …WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM EST /3 AM CST/ FRIDAY TO 1 AM EST /MIDNIGHT CST/ SATURDAY… * WHAT…Up to a quarter inch of ice by Friday afternoon. Tree damage and power outages possible. Two to four inches of snow Friday afternoon and evening, with locally higher amounts. Travel will become hazardous by early afternoon. * WHERE…Portions of southern Indiana and central Kentucky, mainly along and west of Interstate 65. * WHEN…4 AM Friday to 1 AM Saturday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

January is National Radon Action Month. For many of us that have grown up, or lived, in the Lyndon area any length of time they probably realize that radon exposure in homes is very high in this area. Please take time and request this free kit and find out if you need to do more to protect you and the loved ones in your home!

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (January 8, 2018) January is National Radon Action month. The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness wants you to know the dangers of radon and encourages you to test your home. The department is offering free radon test kits while the supply lasts. You can request a kit online at
or by calling 574-6650.

Radon is a gas that you cannot smell, taste or see. It forms naturally when uranium, radium and thorium break down in rocks, soil and groundwater. People can be exposed to radon primarily from breathing radon in air that comes in through cracks and gaps in homes and other buildings. Radon can cause lung cancer through prolonged exposure. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, behind smoking, and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, causing between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

The entire state of Kentucky is at high risk for radon exposure with about 40 percent of homes estimated to have unsafe levels. The only way to know if radon exists at dangerous levels in your home is to test for it.

“To encourage people to test their homes for radon, we are offering free test kits, “said Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. “People can’t see or smell radon so they may be unaware that it might exist at dangerous levels in their homes and be exposing them to deadly health effects.”

The lung cancer risk factors of tobacco smoke and radon are related. More radon-related lung cancers occur in individuals with a history of exposure to tobacco smoke. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

Lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, with the highest mortality rate of any cancer. Kentucky has the highest incidence rate of lung cancer in the nation with a rate of 93.4 per 100,000 compared to the national average of 59.4. According to the recently released 2017 Health Equity Report, cancer is the leading cause of death in Louisville.

The death rate from lung cancer in Kentucky is 69.5 per 100,000 compared to the national average of 43.4. In Louisville our lung cancer incidence and mortality rates are also well above the national average. According to the Kentucky Cancer Registry the incidence rate of lung cancer in Louisville is 94.8 per 100,000 compared to 59.4 nationally. The death rate is 61.7 compared to 43.4 nationally.

Here are a few tips to help prevent radon in your home:

  • Stop smoking and discourage smoking in your home.
    • Smoking significantly increases the risk of lung cancer from radon.
    • Second hand smoking in the home is also a leading cause of Sudden Infant Death (SIDS).
  • Increase air flow in your house by opening windows and using fans and vents to circulate air.
  • Seal cracks in floors and walls with plaster, caulk, or other mate¬rials designed for this purpose.
  • Seek a qualified contractor to help remove the radon from your home.

Mitigation costs generally range from $1,200 to $2,500 depending on the size and foundation of the home.
Consult the Kentucky Association of Radon Professionals or the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists National Radon Proficiency
Program to locate approved contractors near you.

When it gets real cold outside like it is now, what do firefighters do? They go outdide and “play” on the ice! Firefighters from Lyndon and other fire departments around Jefferson County are taking advantage of the cold weather this week to “hone” their ice rescue skills. Firefighters really don’t want to do this, but how else can they better prepare themselves to help without getting on and under the ice?

The two videos below are from this ice rescue training. The first video is on the Lyndon Fire & Rescue YouTube Channel. The second video below is the news story by WLKY News in Louisville about this training. Photos of the training are in the “Photo Gallery” on this website at