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Hepatitis A cases decline in Florida, but still higher than expected

A microscopic image of the Hepatitis A virus, taken by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A microscopic image of the Hepatitis A virus, taken by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (CDC via CNN)

Florida had a reported 1,009 hepatitis A cases in 2020, a major decrease from 2019, but significantly more than in most years, according to information posted on the state Department of Health website.

Florida totaled 3,405 hepatitis A cases in 2019, when Surgeon General Scott Rivkees declared a public health emergency.

Florida had 123 cases in 2015, 122 cases in 2016, 276 cases in 2017 and 548 cases in 2018, according to the Department of Health.

Hepatitis A can cause liver damage and is spread through such things as fecal matter, sexual contact and intravenous drug use.