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Florida Surgeon General Declares Public Health Emergency Over Hepatitis A

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Tampa, Florida – Hepatitis A continues to spread in Hillsborough County and around the state. Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees declared a Public Health Emergency on August 1, 2019, to address the increase in Hepatitis A cases in Florida due to the current national outbreak. The declaration builds upon the Public Health Advisory that was issued by the Florida Department of Health on November 18, 2018 and reemphasizes the importance of the Hepatitis A vaccination as the best way to prevent Hepatitis A infection.

The Health Advisory that was issued last week for Bahia and Simmons Park beaches based on the criteria for enterococci bacteria recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is still in effect.

This should be considered a potential risk to the bathing public. Samples taken Wednesday were above the threshold for enterococci bacteria. The beaches will be re-sampled, Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

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