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Three new cases of hepatitis A confirmed in Palm Beach County

Posted at 10:34 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 13:25:52-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.  — Three new cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed in Palm Beach County, according to health officials. That raises the total number to nine cases of hepatitis A reported this year in the county.

Three deaths tied to the hepatitis A outbreak were reported in Martin County. Both Martin and Palm Beach counties have been declared as high risk zones for the virus.

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According to the the Florida Department of Health, from Jan. 1, 2018 through April 27, 2019 there have been 1,503 hepatitis A cases in the state.

Health officials are stressing the importance of hand washing and the hepatitis A vaccine.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease usually spread through objects, food, or drinks that are contaminated by fecal matter from a person with hepatitis A.

To protect yourself from the disease, health officials recommend you:

  • Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms
  • Contact a health care provider or doctor with questions or concerns, especially if you any underlying liver conditions
  • Exercise good hygiene, and wash your hands after using the bathroom and before preparing or eating food
  • Get the hepatitis A vaccine