Florida state health officials released the latest numbers to the hepatitis A outbreak and it shows that Pasco County has reported nearly 400 cases in 2019, the most in the state to date.
Through Oct. 5, 397 outbreak cases have been reported in Pasco County. Nearby Pinellas County has reported the second most cases this year with 369.
Since the outbreak began in Jan. 2018, Florida officials have reported 3,223 hepatitis A cases, including 43 deaths.
In the past week, health officials administered 3,445 (48%) of the total 7,113 first doses of hepatitis A vaccine administered to adults age 18 years and older, as recorded in Florida SHOTS. In 2019 CHDs have administered 96,655 vaccinations and non-CHDs have administered 139,139 vaccinations for a total of 235,794 vaccinations.
Hepatitis A Virus is a vaccine-preventable form of infectious hepatitis.
1. Hepatitis A is contagious and can harm your liver.
2. Prevent the spread of hepatitis A. Talk to your health care provider about getting vaccinated.
3. The hepatitis A vaccine is safe and effective.
The hepatitis A information line is available to the public to answer questions regarding hepatitis A activity in Florida. The information line is available Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm during normal business hours.
The toll free number is 1-844-CALL-DOH (844-225-5364)
You may email your questions to: [email protected]