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Martin County Officials Share Information on Hepatitis A

By Renay Rouse (FDOH Martin) / Martha Ann Kneiss (Martin County Administration)

April 05, 2019

Martin County officials met this morning to plan and share information related to recent confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in our community.

Since January 2019, there have been 13 confirmed cases in Martin County. There have been 1,200 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A statewide. The Florida Department of Health considers a community “high risk” when the confirmed number of cases reaches 5. Martin County reached high risk status with 5 confirmed cases as of Monday, April 1.

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease usually spread person to person through objects, food or drink that are contaminated by small amounts of fecal matter from a person with Hepatitis A.

What should Martin County residents do?

  • Seek medical attention if any person experiences symptoms of illness.

  • Contact a healthcare provider or primary care physician with questions or concerns.

  • Visit www.martincountyhealth.com for detailed information and printable resources.

  • Exercise good hygiene - handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, after using the bathroom and before preparing or eating food.

  • Vaccinate. The Hepatitis A vaccine is available in the community via healthcare providers and local pharmacies.