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Vermont man's death not tied to Hepatitis A outbreak in Martin County, autopsy finds

Posted at 3:09 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 16:23:07-04

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — An autopsy has found the death of a Vermont man with ties to two Hepatitis A victims in Martin County was not related a Hepatitis A outbreak.

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Ned Kirsch is the brother of Jeff Kirsch, who along with his wife, Nancy, passed away in Palm City earlier this month from complications of Hepatitis A, health officials say.

Ned Kirsch, who recently spoke to WPTV about his brother's passing, died suddenly after returning to Vermont, according to the Vermont Health Department.

According to a newly released autopsy report, a medical examiner determined Kirsch died of natural causes related to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

There is no mention of Hepatitis A in his autopsy report.

Last month, a spokesperson for the Vermont Health Department said Kirsch's death is "not believed to be related to this public health concern at this time."

The Florida Department of Health is now working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine how the outbreak in Martin County started.

There have been 19 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A and three deaths in Martin County this year.

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