By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Since the beginning of 2018, Florida health officials began reporting a significant increase in hepatitis A infections and by 2019, a 500 percent increase in cases were observed.


From January 1, 2018 through August 31, 2021, more than 5100 outbreak cases were reported, including 77 deaths.

The Florida Department of Health reported during the past 3 months, case numbers have returned to baseline incidence in Florida prior to the outbreak.

As of August 31, the Hepatitis A outbreak was declared over in Florida.

Nationally since 2016, more than 42,000 hepatitis A outbreak cases were reported in 36 states, including 390 deaths. 23 states to date still have an ongoing outbreak.