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Hepatitis A Hits Florida — Public Health Emergency

The spate of rising increase in Hepatitis A cases in Florida, state officials have declared a public health emergency to help deal with the current situation.

According to press reports, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees declared the emergency to alert the public about the seriousness of the illness and to allow greater testing and treatment.

There have been 2,034 cases of Hepatitis A in Florida since the start of the year.

By comparison, there were 548 cases last year and 276 in 2017.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV).

It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water.

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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