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The health authorities of Florida confirmed the detection of 690 cases of hepatitis A between January 1, 2019 and March 31, "more than double" those registered in the state between 2016 and 2017.
In January there were 194 cases and in February and March 231 and 265, respectively, which represents a "constant increase every month since April 2018" and above the average in March of the previous five years, says the Department of Florida Health on your web page.
By geographical areas, the central region of Florida is the one that registered last March the "highest levels of activity of hepatitis A".
Since January 2018, 97% of registered hepatitis A cases have been caused by local infection in the state.
The health authorities said that 97% of people who contracted hepatitis A since January 2018 had never been vaccinated.
Practitioners recommend frequent hand washing and that all children over 1 year of age be vaccinated against hepatitis A, as well as certain groups of high risk adults such as illegal drug users, the homeless and homosexuals. .
The highest incidence of this disease occurs among adults between 30 and 39 years of age.
Since March 2017, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) They have been tracking out hepatitis A outbreaks in 15 states between drug users and the homeless.
Since January 2018, a total of 885 cases (73%) of hepatitis A infection, probably acquired in Florida, had to be hospitalized, and eight of those affected died.
According to the local channel WPBF, six cases of hepatitis A were located in Palm Beach County and another 16 in Martin, where two people died on March 28 due to this disease.
Health authorities recommend that those with symptoms of fatigue, sudden nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine or joint pain, go to the doctor to rule out this possible infection.
Hepatitis A is a contagious disease that is usually transmitted from person to person through objects, foods or beverages that are contaminated by small amounts of fecal matter from a person suffering from hepatitis A.