Officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) are warning Kentucky food establishments of a nationwide telephone scam targeting restaurants.
According to DPH Commissioner William Hacker, M.D., restaurants across the state are being contacted by entities claiming to be from the health department. The fraudulent inspectors will call and ask to set up a time for an inspection, and also threaten monetary fines for non-compliance. So far, incidents have all involved a type of telephone scam in which the caller requests sensitive information about the restaurant and the staff. The caller then requests that the restaurant call another telephone number to actually schedule an inspection.
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Kentucky's current flu activity level has increased to regional activity. Regional activity is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as: "Outbreaks of influenza or increases in ILI and recent laboratory confirmed influenza in at least two but less than half the regions of the state with recent laboratory evidence of influenza in those regions."
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