Florida ends 2019 with nearly 3,400 hepatitis A cases

Health officials in Florida recorded 3,395 cases of hepatitis A last year. That figure is nearly three times the number of cases reported in the last 5 years combined. In August, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees, MD, declared the hepatitis A outbreak in the state was a public health emergency.

Health officials in Florida recorded 3,395 cases of hepatitis A last year. That figure is nearly three times the number of cases reported in the last 5 years combined. In August, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees, MD, declared the hepatitis A outbreak in the state was a public health emergency. In 2019, Florida county health departments administered more than 128,000 vaccinations against the disease, while noncounty health departments administered more than 174,300 vaccinations.