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Hepatitis A Cases Continue To Mount

Jan 28, 2020
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Julio Ochoa / WUSF Public Media

Florida had 41 newly reported hepatitis A cases last week, bringing the total number of cases to 142 in 2020, according to the state Department of Health.

Duval County led the state in the number of cases in the new year with 19, as of Saturday. It was followed by Volusia and Polk counties with 12 and 11 cases, respectively.

Hepatitis A can cause liver damage and is spread through such things as fecal matter. That can include transmission by people not properly washing their hands after going to the bathroom and contaminating food or drinks.

Florida Starts Year With 32 Hepatitis A Cases

Jan 8, 2020
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Julio Ochoa / WUSF Public Media

After facing a major outbreak last year, Florida had 32 reported cases of hepatitis A during the first four days of 2020, state Department of Health numbers show. 

Hepatitis A Total Nears 3,400 Cases

Jan 3, 2020
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Julio Ochoa / WUSF Public Media

Just days before the end of 2019, Florida had received reports of nearly 3,400 hepatitis A cases during the year. 

Florida’s Hepatitis A Cases Adds 58

Dec 19, 2019
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Julio Ochoa / WUSF Public Media

Florida had 58 hepatitis A cases reported last week, bringing the total number of cases this year to 3,278 as of Saturday, according to the state Department of Health. 

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Hepatitis A Outbreak Adds 58 Cases

Nov 15, 2019

Florida had 58 hepatitis A cases reported last week, bringing the total number of cases this year to 3,028 as of Saturday, according to the state Department of Health. 

Florida’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Grows By 55 Cases

Oct 22, 2019
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Julio Ochoa / WUSF Public Media

Florida had 55 new hepatitis A cases reported last week, bringing the total number of cases this year to 2,847 as of Saturday, according to Department of Health data.

Brevard and Volusia counties led the state in the number of newly reported cases last week, with eight each, a News Service of Florida analysis of the data shows.

Hepatitis A Cases Near 2,800 This Year

Oct 16, 2019
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Julio Ochoa / WUSF Public Media

Florida had 53 newly reported hepatitis A cases last week, bringing the total number of cases this year to 2,791 as of Saturday, numbers from the state Department of Health show. 

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Hepatitis A Cases Top 2,700 Across Florida

Oct 8, 2019

Florida had 62 newly reported cases of hepatitis A last week, bringing the total number of cases for the year to 2,738 as of Saturday, a state Department of Health report shows. 

Florida is one of more than two dozen U.S. states dealing with an outbreak of Hepatitis A. To date, Florida is reporting 2,675 cases of the highly contagious virus. If left untreated, it can cause liver damage.

By The Numbers: Hepatitis A Hotspots

Sep 25, 2019
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Julio Ochoa / WUSF Public Media

Hepatitis A is spreading in Florida, and the state during the past two months has started taking aggressive steps to abate the virus, including issuing a public health emergency and spending $3 million to hire part-time staff to assist at county health departments.

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Julio Ochoa / WUSF Public Media

Hepatitis A is striking Florida in a more deadly fashion than in other states, and the situation is getting so bad that Florida is offering free socks and bus passes to encourage homeless people to get vaccinated. 

South Florida has among the highest number of new HIV cases in the country. A 2016 report from the CDC found Miami had 46 cases per 100,000 people and Ft. Lauderdale had 47 – that’s nearly double what is seen in New York City and Los Angeles.  A new investigation by the Guardian found that millions of dollars in federal funds for HIV prevention and treatment were turned away by the state of Florida while Rick Scott was governor.

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Florida had 81 new hepatitis A cases reported last week, as state Surgeon General Scott Rivkees declared a public health emergency because of the virus, newly released numbers show. 

Another 53 Hepatitis A Cases Reported in Florida

Jul 30, 2019
An electron micrograph of the hepatitis A virus, an RNA virus that can survive up to a month at room temperature.
Betty Partin / CDC

Florida had 53 new hepatitis A cases reported last week, bringing the total number of cases since January to 2,034, according to the state Department of Health. 

An electron micrograph of the hepatitis A virus, an RNA virus that can survive up to a month at room temperature.
Betty Partin / CDC

News Service of Florida

The number of hepatitis A cases reported to the state Department of Health continues to rise, with the latest data showing that 82 cases were reported between June 30 and July 6. 

Hepatitis A Cases Continue To Climb

Jul 2, 2019
An electron micrograph of the hepatitis A virus, an RNA virus that can survive up to a month at room temperature.
Betty Partin / CDC

News Service of Florida

Another 90 cases of hepatitis A were reported to the Florida Department of Health during the final week of June, bringing the number of cases this year to more than 1,700, figures posted on the department website show. 

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