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Health Department Provides Information on CDC Samples Related to Hepatitis A Outbreak - Findings show multiple introductions of the virus into the community. Surveillance in the county continues.

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With support from local, regional and state personnel, the Florida Department of Health in Martin County has concluded its investigation into the 19 confirmed cases of hepatitis A in the community ranging from April 1-19. The Florida Department of Health has received genetic test results from CDC regarding the cases of hepatitis A in Martin County. Findings indicate that there were multiple introductions of the virus into the community, with no common link, which are consistent with the person-to-person spread seen in outbreaks nationwide. The genetic testing showed a close linkage between the virus circulating in Martin county and outbreak related cases in 17 other states.

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