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Florida state health officials reported an additional 72 hepatitis A cases last week, bringing the outbreak total since January 2018 to 2,814 cases.

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In addition, 31 deaths have been reported through July 31.

Since the beginning of the year, Pasco (374), Pinellas (344) and Volusia (208) counties have reported the most cases.

Florida Surgeon General Scott A. Rivkees declared a Public Health Emergency on August 1. Health officials continue to emphasize the importance of vaccination and providing the public with accurate, consistent and clear information on this outbreak.

Since the outbreaks were first identified in 2016, 29 states have publicly reported hepatitis A outbreaks, which add up to 24,280 total cases, including 236 deaths.

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