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Health Care Provider Advisory: Increase in Hepatitis A in the United States

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The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has created the attached hepatitis A advisory for health care providers due to a recognized increase in the number of hepatitis A cases being reported along with many other health departments across the nation. Risk factors identified in some of the investigations include persons who are homeless, persons who use drugs, men who have sex with men and their close contacts. Health care providers should follow the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to prevent hepatitis A infection by vaccinating individuals against the virus. Hepatitis A is a reportable disease and health care providers should immediately report all cases of hepatitis A to the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) by phone at 727-824-6932 to ensure a prompt public health response to prevent disease among close contacts.

 Please contact DOH-Pinellas Epidemiology Program at 727-824-6932 with any questions about this advisory.

Kevin Baker, MPH, CPH, CHES

Epidemiology Program Supervisor

Disease Control & Health Protection Division

Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County

205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33701

(O) 727-824-6932 x4633 | (F) 727-820-4270

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