A microscopic image of the Hepatitis Avirus, taken by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A limited image of the Hepatitis Avirus, taken by the U.S. Centers for Disease Sustain an eye on and Prevention.(CDC via CNN)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– Contemporarynumbers from Florida’s Department of Healthindicate Duval County leads the state in new hepatitis A cases so far this year. State health officials calling the hep A outbreak is a public health emergency with extra than 4,200 total cases in Florida.

Since January 1, 2018, 98% of cases have been acquired locally the state.So far in 2020, there have been terminate to 300 reported cases. 60 of these cases are in Duval County and 12 are in Clay County.

According to FDOH, new cases of Hep A had been reported out of Duval, Clay, Alachua and Volusia counties last week. .

So far this year, there have been terminate to 300 reported cases—and 60 of these are in Duval County and 12 are in Clay County.

Nevertheless, the outbreak is on a downward building, however in the meantime, of us are calm at threat.

What is hepatitis A?

  • According to the CDC, it’s a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver.
  • It’s usually transmitted person-to-person via the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water.
  • Hep A is a self-restricted disease that does no longer consequence in chronic infection.
  • Symptoms, including fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice, that usually resolve within 2 months of infection.

How accomplish you aid from catching hep A?

FDOH says to bear in mind the acronym, VEST.

Vaccinate,

Educate,

Sanitize (by washing your hands), and

Tracking. FDOH and health partners track the virus to stop the outbreak.

Remeber, most hand sanitizers will no longer murder hep A. Wash your hands with warm water and soap when imaginable.

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