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Health department confirms 4th hepatitis A death in Martin County

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Posted at 5:56 PM, Jun 21, 2019

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla.-- The health department has confirmed a fourth hepatitis A death in Martin County.

Friday afternoon a woman told WPTV's Meghan McRoberts that the person was her 75-year-old husband who never recovered from the virus and she feels her husband would still be alive had he not contracted hepatitis A.

Representative Toby Overdorf posted on Twitter that he has been in touch with the state's surgeon general about this death and said he has also been in contact with the health department.

The wife of the man who passed said she is still waiting for his death certificate, and says he did have other health issues. However, she stressed that her husband was not hospitalized and did not experience the liver failure issues she says led to his death until after contracting hepatitis A.

There are 24 cases of hepatitis A in Martin County, according to the health department.

Click here for more information on hepatitis A from the CDC.