Hepatitis A

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
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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 3,028 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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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. 

Hepatitis A Cases Top 2,700 Across Florida

Oct 8, 2019
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Julio Ochoa / WUSF Public Media

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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Julio Ochoa / WUSF Public Media

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. 

Florida One Of Several States Dealing With Hepatitis A Outbreak

Aug 5, 2019
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Julio Ochoa / WUSF Public Media

Florida Officials declared a public health emergency over the rising number of hepatitis A cases, joining other states that are dealing with outbreaks of the liver disease.

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After more than 2,000 cases of reported hepatitis A cases in Florida this year, state Surgeon General Scott Rivkees declared a public health emergency Thursday.

Florida is dealing with the state's worst hepatitis A outbreak in years and the Tampa Bay area has been hit the hardest. Health officials in Pinellas County are using a new method to combat the virus, which attacks the liver. 

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. 

By The Numbers: Hepatitis A Outbreak

Jul 24, 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

The Florida Department of Health posted a report Monday that showed the state has had 1,978 reported cases of hepatitis A this year. 

Hepatitis A Cases In Florida Nears 1,900

Jul 16, 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

By News Service of Florida

With the largest numbers of cases concentrated in Pasco, Pinellas and Volusia counties, Florida has had about 1,900 reported cases of hepatitis A this year, according to new numbers from the Florida 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. 

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