Florida hepatitis A outbreak tops 4,000 cases since 2018

The Florida Department of Health reported an additional 29 hepatitis A cases last week, bringing the total cases to 61 this month.

The latest cases also took Florida over the 4,000 case count threshold with 4,006 cases since Jan. 2018.

Approximately seven out of 10 cases required hospitalization. 58 deaths have been reported through 2019.

During the first week and a half of 2020, Brevard, Duval and Polk counties have seen the most cases.

On Aug. 1, 2019, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees issued a Public Health Emergency (PHE) to address the increase in Hepatitis A cases in Florida due to the current national outbreak. 

Since declaration of the PHE, county health departments (CHDs) have administered 68,725 and non-CHDs have administered 100,224 hepatitis A vaccinations.

Dr. Melissa Palmer’s Guide To Hepatitis and Liver Disease

Nationally, since the outbreaks were first identified in 2016, 30 states have publicly reported more than 30,000 outbreak cases and 304 deaths.

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