public health emergency

State Hiring Part-Time Workers To Combat Hepatitis A

Sep 23, 2019
Hepatitis A sign
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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.

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

Hepatitis A vaccine
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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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Federal officials have declared a public health emergency in Alaska following the powerful earthquake.

The same week President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency; officials in Jacksonville are readying a lawsuit against companies who manufacture the drug.

A public health emergency was declared for Florida on Thursday ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Update 3:35 pm August 10: Two days after making a few general remarks about the opioid crisis, President Trump on Thursday called it "a national emergency" and said his administration would be drawing up papers to make it official.

"We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis," Trump told reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

Gov. Rick Scott has declared a public health emergency across Florida for the opioid epidemic.