Kentucky health officials urge flu vaccinations

FRANKFORT — Health officials are urging Kentuckians to get vaccinated against the flu.

The Department for Public Health said in a statement last week that there had already been 154 lab-confirmed flu cases in the state. The official flu season started Sunday and runs through May 16, 2020.

Health Commissioner Angela Dearinger says vaccination is the best way to prevent the virus, which can be debilitating and sometimes deadly. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, sneezing and body aches.

Although vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months old and over, officials say populations at higher risk for complications include young children, older adults and pregnant women.

Last year, Kentucky reported 194 flu-related deaths, two of which were children.

Fort Campbell soldiers returning after 9 months in Iraq

FORT CAMPBELL — Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division are returning to Kentucky this week after nine months in Iraq.

Fort Campbell says the soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team are scheduled to return Monday, when a welcome home ceremony will be held.

The Army post is located on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

Thousands of animals killed in Kentucky barn fire

WURTLAND — An overnight fire in a Kentucky barn has killed thousands of animals including 3,000 quails.

News outlets report the fire broke out at Bonzo Farm early Saturday morning.

A press release from Greenup Volunteer Fire Department says multiple fire departments responded to the blaze, which involved several barns.

Raceland Police say besides the quails, 1,000 chukars and 100 chickens were also killed in the blaze.

Neighbor Kayla Wilburn says she could feel the heat from the fire at her home and the flames were about 80 feet in the air.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Bonzo Farm was purchased by the Bonzo family around 1906. Wilburn says the barn was a symbol in the community.

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