The number of hepatitis A cases continue to rise in Florida, State health officials reported 232 additional cases in February 2019, bringing the outbreak total to 971 cases since last year.
The cases reported in February were from 30 of Florida counties.
Of the total outbreak cases, 3/4s of the patients required hospitalization and five died.
Since January 1, 2018, 13 (1%) cases were co-infected with chronic hepatitis B, 207 (21%) cases were co-infected with chronic hepatitis C, and 20 (2%) cases were co-infected with both chronic hepatitis B and C.
The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is through vaccination. Since January 1, 2018, 97% of people with hepatitis A had never received a documented dose of hepatitis A vaccine. In February 2019, 98% of infected people had not received the vaccine. Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for all children at age 1 year and for certain high-risk groups of adults including illegal drug users and men who have sex with men.
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