By NewsDesk    @infectiousdiseasenews

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Florida health officials reported an additional 85 hepatitis A cases last week, bringing the total cases for the year to 1898, more than 3-times the total for all of 2018.

Pasco County has accounted for 350 cases, the most of any county, followed by Pinellas County (312), Volusia (165), Orange (136), Hillsborough (110) and Marion (104).

Since the outbreak began in 2018, 2,446 hepatitis A cases were reported. 28 deaths have also been recorded.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, since the outbreaks were first identified in 2016, 25 states have publicly reported more than 22,000 cases, including 13,000 hospitalizations and 216 deaths.

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