Health officials in Martin County, Florida are reporting 16 hepatitis A cases as of today. The Health Department is investigating the possible modes of transmission.

Officials are utilizing local, regional and state resources in this investigation. An investigation includes interviews with confirmed cases to gather lifestyle information, including food histories, that can help to pinpoint common links.

Statewide, during the first quarter of 2019, Florida reported 690 cases and since Jan. 2018, 1239 outbreak cases, including eight fatalities have been recorded.

Hepatitis A Vaccine Image/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Hepatitis A Vaccine
Image/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

What should Martin County residents do?

  • Seek medical attention if any person experiences symptoms of illness.
  • Contact a healthcare provider or primary care physician with questions or concerns. Underlying health problems such as existing liver disease or clotting-factor disorders can make you more likely to get sick from hepatitis A.
  • Visit www.martincountyhealth.com for detailed information and printable resources.
  • Exercise good hygiene – handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, after using the bathroom and before preparing or eating food.
  • Vaccinate. The Hepatitis A vaccine is available in the community via health care providers and local pharmacies. Vaccine supply is arriving daily in the county.
  • The Hepatitis A vaccine became part of the standard vaccine series for children in 1995. If parents have questions about their child’s vaccination status, they should contact their child’s pediatrician.
  • To ensure adequate access to the vaccine, the Florida Department of Health in Martin County will provide the Hepatitis A vaccine to those who are uninsured or underinsured. For an appointment, call 772-221-4000, then press 2 for Immunizations.