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Florida has seen a drop in cases of hepatitis A this year after a massive outbreak in 2019 --- but still has a higher-than-usual number of infections.

Updated at 6:52 p.m. ET

The U.S. health care system is trying to be ready for possible outbreaks of the new coronavirus, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned communities this week to prepare for the kind of spread now being seen in Iran, Italy, South Korea and other areas outside the virus' epicenter in China.

Another U.S. case of infection with the novel coronavirus was confirmed Thursday, bringing the total number of domestic cases to 15. Around the world, cases have reached nearly 60,000 to date.

But if something changes and large numbers of people get infected in the U.S., is the country's health system prepared to cope with a surge of patients with this virus, or any future pathogen?

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.   

The first week of flu season in Florida this year was a tough one. Health officials documented more cases than they saw during the 2017-2018 season, which was one of the worst on record.

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. 

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. 

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 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. 

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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. 

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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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With more than 2,400 cases this year, a Florida Senate committee will receive an update next week about the state’s hepatitis A outbreak.

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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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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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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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 

Another 99 Hepatitis A Cases Added Last Week

Jun 18, 2019
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A hepatitis A outbreak in Florida continued to expand last week, with 99 new cases reported, according to information on the state Department of Health website.

Florida is experiencing one of the worst Hepatitis A outbreaks in recent history. The State Department of Health puts the number of cases for this year at 1,466 as of Monday. That’s more than the 1,175 total cases reported in the past 5 years.

Hepatitis A Outbreak Nears 1,500 Cases

Jun 11, 2019
An electron micrograph of the hepatitis A virus, an RNA virus that can survive up to a month at room temperature.
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With Pasco and Pinellas counties accounting for more than a third of the cases this year, a hepatitis A outbreak continues to expand.

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