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Hepatitis A Outbreak in Florida, Pennsylvania & Philadelphia: A guide to stay safe

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Hepatitis A Outbreak in Florida, Pennsylvania & Philadelphia: A guide to stay safe

On Thursday, the state has declared a public health emergency due to a chronic Hepatitis A outbreak. During this public health emergency, the state addressing the outbreak by seeking help from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Along with Florida, Pennsylvania Philadelphia has also declared a public health emergency due to the hepatitis A outbreak.

 

Hepatitis-A: Precautions

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious disease hence, the state surgeon general suggests several precautions which include,

The public making use of any bathroom facility should sanitize it with a bleach solution. In the case of the unavailability of the bleach solution, the CDC-approved disinfectant is an alternative. This is an important step to control the spread of the disease.

The health professionals suggest taking care of simple precautions like washing hands as well. It is suggested that one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus, is to wash hands for over twenty seconds with warm water after using the restroom as well as before eating.

However, vaccination remains the most important precaution.

The emergency may last up to 60 days

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Florida, Pennsylvania & Philadelphia: A guide to stay safe

An attempt by the Florida Health Department to spread awareness.

The state has revealed this emergency may last up to sixty days unless the declaration is renewed.

“By doing an emergency now, it really allows us to increase our vaccination activities and increase public awareness,” Rivkees said. The state has developed foot teams that are actually going into parts of homelessness where people are in dire need of vaccination.

The state is working very actively to eradicating the impact of the virus. In fact, every county in Florida is offering free of cost vaccines to individuals who are at the highest risk.

Reach out to the state-

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Florida, Pennsylvania & Philadelphia: A guide to stay safe

A poster by the Florida Health Department.

The affected population can reach out to the state via its official website, mail or call.

 

  • The state launched a web page. The public welfare webpage aims to answer any number of questions regarding the emergency. The official website is – FloridaHealth.gov/hepa.
  • Furthermore, the public can reach out to the Health Department of the state via mail. The official email address is- [email protected]
  • The public can also call on the state’s information line and seek help. 1-844-CALL-DOH (1-844-225-5364) – These numbers are active from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET.

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