Jim Thacker is frustrated.
The spokesperson for the Madison County, Kentucky, Health Department said there is a real threat of a Hepatitis A outbreak at the detention center right down the road in Richmond.
Built to house about 240 inmates, it holds more than 400.
“It’s like a petri dish, they are packed so close together,” he said.
The majority of the Madison County inmates are in jail on drug charges, and health officials say the homeless and people with substance abuse disorders are most vulnerable to Hep A infection in this outbreak.