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Pinellas reports a current increase in hepatitis A. Officials call for vaccination.

Health Department officials in Tampa Bay encourage residents to be vaccinated against hepatitis A, which rises. From this week, 58…

Health Department officials in Tampa Bay encourage residents to be vaccinated against hepatitis A, which rises.

From this week, 58 cases of virus have been reported in Pinellas this year, including a 10-jump jump from September to October. Last year Pinellas reported zero drops. By 2016, only two, and in 2015, were only four.

Hillsborough County has reportedly reported 36 cases of hepatitis A so far this year, compared to 10 years before and five years 2015 and 2016.

Most cases are among young adults to middle-aged white men, Kevin Watler said spokesman with the Hillsborough County Health Department. About half of those patients report drug abuse, he said.

However, the cases are spread throughout the county, and some patients have had other high risk exposures. For example, some have been in prison or have traveled internationally.

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80 cases have been reported throughout the state so far this year. Health officials say other regions in Florida, like other states, see similar outbreaks.

“We are about to report the highest number of hepatitis A cases since 2005,” says Dr. Ulyee Choe, Head of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County.

Hepatitis A is spread person-to-person through feces contaminated with the virus. Practicing proper hygiene is important when protecting against hepatitis A, health officials say. Symptoms include fever, dark urine, yellowhair skin or eyes, fatigue and gastric problems. It can cause damage to the liver, especially among those who already have liver disease.

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In addition to the vaccine, the risk of infection is spread. Wash your hands after a bathroom visit and after changing diapers, reduce the risk of contamination. But vaccination is the best protection against the virus.

The health department offers the two-dose hepatitis A vaccine at no cost to adults and children. The usual cost of $ 70.66 for adults is waived at this time.

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