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Hepatitis A cases on the rise; Public health emergency in Florida declared

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Public health emergency declared in Florida

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.

Public health emergency declared in Florida

Vaccines are undoubtedly the most suggestive preventive method.

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.

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.

Public health emergency declared in Florida

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.

In 2014, only about a hundred reported cases in the state, reveals the health department.

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: Symptoms

The symptoms of hepatitis include

  • Yellowing skin
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • 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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