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EMILY MICHOT / Miami Herald

In the text of the ordinance authorizing a needle exchange in Broward County, commissioners ticked off a list of alarming public health statistics: 1,642 opioid overdoses in 2017, more than 21,000 people living with HIV, 387 heroin- and fentanyl-related deaths in 2018.

Needle exchanges are designed to prevent the spread of infectious diseases among drug users by providing clean syringes and help reverse opioid overdoses by distributing naloxone directly to people who use drugs, as well as offering them access to other services like testing for hepatitis.

Sammy Mack / WLRN

Florida is one of more than two dozen U.S. states dealing with an outbreak of Hepatitis A. To date, Florida is reporting 2,675 cases of the highly contagious virus. If left untreated, it can cause liver damage.

State Hiring Part-Time Workers To Combat Hepatitis A

Sep 23, 2019

The state has hired part-time workers to help abate the growing hepatitis A public health emergency, Department of Health Secretary Scott Rivkees told lawmakers on Wednesday.

Rivkees told the House Health Quality Subcommittee that his department has used $3 million in funds from county health departments to hire additional workers.

Florida Surgeon General Declares Public Health Emergency Over Hep A

Aug 2, 2019
USDA.GOV

After more than 2,000 cases of reported hepatitis A cases in Florida this year, state Surgeon General Scott Rivkees declared a public health emergency Thursday.

“I am declaring this Public Health Emergency as a proactive step to appropriately alert the public to this serious illness and prevent further spread of Hepatitis A in our state,” Rivkees said in a prepared statement.

Rivkees encouraged people to be vaccinated against the virus, which is spread through oral injection or fecal matter.

Florida is dealing with the state's worst hepatitis A outbreak in years and the Tampa Bay area has been hit the hardest. Health officials in Pinellas County are using a new method to combat the virus, which attacks the liver. 

Florida Hepatitis Cases Continue To Climb

Jul 9, 2019

News Service of Florida

The number of hepatitis A cases reported to the state Department of Health continues to rise, with the latest data showing that 82 cases were reported between June 30 and July 6. 

By News Service of Florida

The Florida Department of Health is working with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address a hepatitis A outbreak and hopes the “partnership” will help expand vaccinations, state officials said Wednesday.

Hepatitis A Cases In Palm Beach County Climb To 29

Jun 26, 2019
The Palm Beach Post

Three recent confirmed cases of hepatitis A in Palm Beach County have brought its total for the year to 29, as reported by The Palm Beach Post.

The number of confirmed cases in the county now stands at more than double its total for all of 2018. The Florida Department of Health posted the most recent case to its website Saturday.

KUNI TAKAHASHI / TFW CHICAGO TRIBUNE FILE

Florida is experiencing one of the worst Hepatitis A outbreaks in recent history. The State Department of Health puts the number of cases for this year at 1,466 as of Monday. That’s more than the 1,175 total cases reported in the past 5 years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported more than 900 cases of measles in the United States this year, including two in Florida. Meanwhile the number of cases of Hepatitis A in the state continues to rise.

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The Florida Department of Health says a food service worker at Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens tested positive for hepatitis A. Customers who ate or drank there may have been exposed to the virus between May 1 and May 12.

DOH is encouraging diners who were at the restaurant between May 9 and May 12 to talk to a doctor and get a hepatitis A vaccine--it can be effective up to two weeks after exposure.

More from the DOH press release:

Hepatitis A Cases Top 1,200 This Year

May 21, 2019

With an additional 89 cases reported last week, Florida has had 1,220 hepatitis A cases this year --- more than in the five previous years combined, according to information posted on the state Department of Health website. 

Hepatitis A Cases Soar Past 1,000

May 7, 2019

Florida has had a reported 1,037 cases of the liver disease hepatitis A this year, nearly double the amount reported for all of 2018, according to numbers posted on the state Department of Health website. 

Hepatitis A Cases Top 950 In Florida This Year

May 1, 2019

A hepatitis A outbreak continues to grow, with 70 cases reported last week in Florida, according to the state Department of Health website. 

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