We continue to see unprecedented numbers of hepatitis A cases in Pinellas County. Year to date, over…
Pinellas County Hepatitis A Alert from Florida Department of Health
We continue to see unprecedented numbers of hepatitis A cases in Pinellas County. Year to date, over 100 cases have been reported when the five-year average is three cases per year. The biggest risk factors include drug use, homelessness, recent incarceration, and men having sex with men. As you are probably aware, the health department had to send patron notifications for those that dined at a restaurant in St. Pete Beach. The concern is that if these numbers continue to climb we will see more and more of these types of cases that can potentially expose large groups of people.
The DOH-Pinellas has engaged in raising awareness through health advisories and educational campaigns, conducted multiple epidemiologic investigations, offered free hepatitis A vaccines to the public, and targeted high-risk groups and organizations with our interventions and outreaches. Keep hepatitis A in mind and provide appropriate hepatitis A vaccinations in your hospitals and clinics especially with the high-risk groups.
Please see the attached a health advisory from Ulyee Choe, D.O., Director, Florida Department of Health, Pinellas County, dated 12/10/18; and a hepatitis A infographic. Please distribute the information as you see fit.