Tennesseans urged to get hepatitis A vaccine amid outbreak

An outbreak of the virus, which can cause liver damage, started in 2018 and has exploded this year in parts of the state, such as in the Tampa Bay region and areas of Central Florida.

An updated news release from the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) says 2,000 Tennesseans have now been infected with the virus that causes hepatitis A since the outbreak began past year.

More than 2,000 cases of the infection have been confirmed in the state.

The ACT Health Directorate is working with NSW Health to investigate a cluster of cases of hepatitis A in the South Korean community. The greatest numbers of cases are in DeKalb and Jackson counties. Thirty cases were reported in July, the highest number of monthly cases since the outbreak began in September 2018.

Pasco, 374; Pinellas, 344; Volusia, 208; Orange, 150; Hillsborough, 122; Marion, 113; Manatee, 103; Hernando, 101; Lake, 98; Brevard, 85; Lee, 54; Palm Beach, 54; Sarasota, 44; Seminole, 40; Citrus, 39; Martin, 33; St. Lucie, 33; Sumter, 31; Polk, 31; Osceola, 30; Miami-Dade.

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Contact your health care provider or your local health department for more information on preventing hepatitis A.

Australia has a low incidence of hepatitis A and, when outbreaks occur, they are linked to consumption of contaminated food products or person-to-person spread.

Health officials have urged Floridians to get vaccinated against the disease.

Two doses of vaccine prevents the infection, and at least one dose is strongly recommended prior to travel, especially where there is an ongoing outbreak.

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