Florida, Philadelphia declare public health emergencies over hepatitis A

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Florida, Philadelphia declare public health emergencies over hepatitis A

The AP (8/2, Lim) reported “officials have declared a public health emergency over the rising number of hepatitis A cases in Florida, the latest part of the country dealing with outbreaks of the liver disease.” Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees “declared an emergency Thursday to allow the state to spend more on testing and treatment, saying Florida has had more than 2,000 cases since the beginning of the year compared with 548 all of last year.” The AP said “most have been in central Florida, and health officials are still investigating the sources.” Meanwhile, “Philadelphia also declared an emergency Thursday, and Mississippi officials announced an outbreak in their state earlier in the week.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “says Kentucky has had 4,793 cases since an outbreak there in 2017; since 2018, Ohio has had 3,220 and West Virginia 2,528.”

Forbes (8/2, Lee) contributor Bruce Lee wrote about both the Philadelphia and Florida outbreaks. He also included a “table from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…that lists the totals” of hepatitis A outbreaks “since 2016 and the states that are having ongoing” outbreaks of the illness.AMA Mo4ing Rounds 8/5/2019