Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A Cases Continue To Mount

Mar 17, 2020

Florida reported 31 hepatitis A cases last week, bringing the total this year to 387, according to newly released data from the state Department of Health.

Florida has topped 280 reported cases of hepatitis A this year, with the largest numbers in Duval and Volusia counties. As of Saturday, 281 cases had been reported statewide, with 60 in Duval County and 25 in Volusia County, according to state Department of Health numbers.

Hepatitis A Cases Continue To Mount

Jan 28, 2020
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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.

State Tops 100 Hepatitis A Cases In New Year

Jan 27, 2020
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After a major outbreak in 2019, Florida has topped 100 cases of hepatitis A in the new year. 

Though hepatitis A cases are continuing to pop up throughout Florida, numbers in most counties are lower than they were at the peak of the outbreak last year.

The reduction has led Pinellas County, once a hotbed for the disease, to stop offering the vaccine to all residents for free.   

Florida Starts Year With 32 Hepatitis A Cases

Jan 8, 2020
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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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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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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. 

Vaccination Efforts Slow Spread Of Hepatitis A

Dec 13, 2019
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Florida’s surgeon general is cautiously optimistic that education and vaccination efforts during the past few months are working to contain the spread of hepatitis A, which caused the declaration of a public-health emergency in August. 

Duval, Lee Record Most Hepatitis A Cases

Dec 3, 2019
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Florida had 38 reported cases of hepatitis A last week, bringing the total number of cases this year to 3,163 as of Saturday, according to the state Department of Health. 

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Florida had 51 hepatitis A cases reported last week, bringing the total number of cases this year to 3,079, as of Saturday. 

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. 

Hepatitis A Cases Continue To Climb

Nov 1, 2019
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Florida had 56 new hepatitis A cases reported last week, bringing the total number of cases this year to 2,904 as of Oct. 26, according to the state Department of Health. 

Pinellas and Pasco counties are starting to see significant declines in the number of hepatitis A cases that are being diagnosed each month, the state’s surgeon general told a panel of senators on Tuesday.

Florida’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Grows By 55 Cases

Oct 22, 2019
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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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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. 

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.

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Florida had 65 newly reported hepatitis A cases last week, bringing the total number of cases this year to 2,675 as of Saturday. 

By The Numbers: Hepatitis A Hotspots

Sep 25, 2019
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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.

Citrus, Volusia Top State In New Hepatitis A Cases

Sep 24, 2019
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Another 64 cases of hepatitis A were reported to the state last week, bringing the total number of reported cases this year to 2,609, according to state data as of Saturday. 

State Hiring Part-Time Workers To Combat Hepatitis A

Sep 23, 2019
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The state has hired part-time workers to help abate the growing hepatitis A public health emergency, Department of Health Secretary Scott Rivkees told lawmakers on Wednesday.

Rivkees told the House Health Quality Subcommittee that his department has used $3 million in funds from county health departments to hire additional workers.

Florida Health Care Agencies Seek Boost In Budget For Drug Importation, Hep A

Sep 20, 2019
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Despite a possibly tight budget next year, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration submitted a legislative wish list this week that seeks hundreds of millions of additional dollars for health and social-service programs. 

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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. 

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Florida had 49 new cases of hepatitis A reported last week, bringing the total number of cases this year to 2,461, according to the latest data from the state Department of Health. 

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Florida had 64 newly reported cases of hepatitis A last week, bringing the total number of cases this year to 2,413. 

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Florida’s hepatitis A outbreak continues, with 2,349 cases reported this year and 82 cases reported last week, state Department of Health numbers show. 

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Central Florida continues to see record numbers of hepatitis A cases. 

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The number of hepatitis A cases in Florida continues to climb, with 72 new hepatitis A cases reported to the state last week.

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The number of hepatitis A cases in Florida continues to climb, with 68 new cases reported to state health officials last week. 

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