The rise in Hepatitis A cases compels the state to declare a Public health emergency in Florida.
Hepatitis is a perilous illness. Usually characterized by the swelling of the liver, hepatitis including hepatitis A, B, and C.
Florida- Public Health Emergency
Over 56 recent cases of Hepatitis A in Florida emerged in a week. On Thursday, the Florida Surgeon General called a public health emergency. Consequently, the state is in dire need of medical assistance that includes tests and treatment.
Doctor Scott Rivkees, from Florida Surgeon General calls this Public Health Emergency a proactive step. The illness is chonic with life-threatening consequences. Hence, prevention is better than cure.
Dr. Scott suggests the best way to prevent the disease is vaccination. More and more people should be made aware as vaccination is the superlative preventive measure. Most importantly, it is easily available and highly effective.
Several Florida counties are experiencing an increase in #HepatitisA, mirroring national trends. Share this informational website with friends and family to encourage them to get the #hepA #vaccine and become more #HepAware: https://t.co/Kk7uaSwvsm pic.twitter.com/8uyIKWW7DB
— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) April 12, 2019
The Florida Department of Health shared, in just seven days, from the 20th of July to the 27th of July 2019, the count Hepatitis A cases in Florida have skyrocketed from 1,978 to 2,034 cases.
Most of the affected areas are located in Central as well as Western Florida. Furthermore, the severely affected counties include Hernando, Sumter, Taylor, Hillsborough, Glades Lake, Liberty, Manatee, Okeechobee, Orange, Pasco Marion, Martin, Brevard, Citrus as well as Pinellas.
In 2014, only about a hundred reported cases in the state, reveals the health department.
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Who’re the most at risk?
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reveal the population who’s the most at risk. They include,
- The population above sixty years of age
- Patients of chronic liver diseases
- People with significantly weakened immune systems
- Patients of HIV or AIDS
- People with unstable housing
- Drug addicts
#Hepatitis A and E are viral liver diseases.
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If at risk, get hepatitis A vaccine! pic.twitter.com/dAKW7FyBr7
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) July 29, 2019
The symptoms of hepatitis include
- Yellowing skin
- Loss of appetite
Furthermore, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention shared since hepatitis A is a communicable disease, people should take special care of themselves.
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