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The Florida Department of Health in Martin County Continues Surveillance for Hepatitis A and Confirms One Additional Case

By Renay Rouse

May 09, 2019

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed one additional case of hepatitis A in the community bringing the case count to 20 in Martin County. An investigation is underway to determine travel history, close contacts and possible exposures to hepatitis A.

Vaccinate to Prevent the Spread of Hepatitis A:

The Health Department in Martin County is urging good handwashing and vaccination to stop the spread of hepatitis A in the community. Since April 15, health department staff have provided more than 1,150 hepatitis A vaccinations to uninsured, underinsured and at-risk adults.

The hepatitis A vaccine is available in the community via healthcare providers and local pharmacies. The Florida Department of Health in Martin County offers free hepatitis A vaccinations for uninsured, underinsured and at-risk adults (ages 19 and older). Appointments are available by calling: 772-221-4000 and pressing option 4 for Clinic Services/Appointments.
 
Hepatitis A Vaccination Clinics
For Uninsured, Underinsured and At-Risk Adults:

Friday, May 10, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Salvation Army, 821 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stuart

Thursday, May 16, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Florida Department of Health, 16401 SW Farm Rd., Indiantown
 
In addition, the Florida Department of Health is working in partnership with the Martin County Sheriff’s office to offer the hepatitis A vaccine to inmates at the Martin County jail.

Hepatitis A in Florida:

Statewide surveillance data for hepatitis A is available here:

http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/vaccine-preventable-disease/hepatitis-a/surveillance-data/index.html

General Information:
Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease primarily spread by direct or indirect person to person contact. While normally not fatal, persons with chronic disease, compromised immune systems and the elderly are more likely to experience a severe illness, leading to liver failure and possible death.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of hepatitis A, including fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, diarrhea, clay colored bowl movements, joint pain and jaundice (yellow skin/eyes) should contact their healthcare provider immediately for evaluation and testing.

Since January 2018 there have been more than 1,500 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.

Additional Resources:

The Florida Department of Health has launched an information line, email box and a website to address general questions about Hepatitis A.

Hepatitis A, Information Line:
1-844-CALL-DOH (1-844-225-5364) available Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Website:
www.Floridahealth.gov/hepa
Email questions: HepA@flhealth.gov