Rise In Hepatitis A Cases Prompts Florida To Declare Public Health Emergency

Rise In Hepatitis A Cases Prompts Florida To Declare Public Health Emergency

Aug 02 2019

In an effort to deal with the astounding rise in Hepatitis A cases, Florida officials have declared a public health emergency.

Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees declared the emergency Thursday to alert the public about the seriousness of the illness and to allow greater testing and treatment.

There have been 2,034 cases of Hepatitis A in Florida since the beginning of the year. By comparison, there were 548 cases last year and 276 cases in 2017.

The outbreak appears to be worse on the west coast. In July, the Tampa area reported more than 300 new cases in the month of July alone. Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties have reported a couple of dozen new cases since the beginning of the year.

Source: CBS Miami CBS Miami