2 dead in hepatitis A outbreak in Florida county


Stuart, Fla. – Health officials say two people have died amid an outbreak of hepatitis A reported in a county in Florida.

Treasure Coast Newspapers reported that Martin County and state officials met on Friday to discuss a couple in Palm City after the coroner said they died last week because of "complications of hepatitis A."

The records show 13 cases of hepatitis A in the municipality since the beginning of the year, eight of them diagnosed since Monday. The Florida Department of Health rates a county in an outbreak as it has more than five cases.

Health officials say that children who have enrolled in public schools since 1995 must already be vaccinated. The vaccination process for hepatitis A is two shots given six months apart.

Hepatitis A is a liver disease transmitted by contaminated food or water.

Information from: The Stuart (Fla.) News, http://www.tcpalm.com


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