On April 11, 2019, several Florida newspapers confirmed that hepatitis A has quickly been spreading throughout Broward County. If you’re not concerned, you definitely should be. Although this disease is not typically life-threatening, it is completely preventable and the symptoms are serious. Being well aware of how preventable diseases are spreading in our state is of the utmost importance, especially if you or a loved one ever has to seek out hepatitis A treatment.

What is Hepatitis A?

Coming from one of many types of hepatitis viruses, hepatitis A is a highly contagious disease that mainly affects the liver by causing inflammation and impairing its functions. Unfortunately, hepatitis A is easy to contract, and if you do end up getting the disease, you’ll probably get it from either coming into close contact with someone who already has it, or from consuming contaminated food or water.

The good thing about hepatitis A is that often people recover from the disease just fine and with no lasting or permanent damage to the liver. If you’re lucky enough to contract a mild form of the disease, you most likely won’t need hepatitis A treatment. However, the symptoms of this disease should not be taken lightly.

The tricky part about hepatitis A is that the symptoms don’t show up until about three to four weeks after you’ve been infected with it. Despite this, some people with the virus never even experience the signs of having it.

Common symptoms include fatigue, abdominal pain in the liver area, dark urine, jaundice, joint pain, sudden nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, and more. Although your symptoms might be more mild and go away within a few weeks, sometimes this virus can last several months and have even more severe symptoms.

Woman clutching her abdomen because of pain in her liver from hepatitis A.

What Happened in Broward?

Just last month, the Broward County Health Department sent out word that hepatitis A has reached outbreak level in Broward County, with seven known cases of adults who have contracted the virus this year. Even worse, Palm Beach County and Martin County have also reported several cases of people with hepatitis A, and the statistics show that in this year alone, there have been over 690 cases of the virus just in Florida. What makes this news even more frightening is that three people have already died this year from hepatitis A in Martin County, so although death is rare with this disease, we still highly recommend that you and your loved ones receive hepatitis A treatment.

What Should I Do Next?

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. The main and most effective form of hepatitis A treatment is simply taking preventative measures, such as vaccination. The hepatitis A vaccine is very accessible and is available at many local healthcare centers, such as ours, with plenty of low-cost options.

Another important step you can take to prevent yourself from contracting this disease is to practice good hygiene, such as washing your hands frequently. However, if you do catch the virus, you can still receive the vaccine or a shot of immunoglobulin within two weeks of your exposure to hepatitis A.

Hepatitis A vaccine next to a personal immunization document and a sterile needle.

Hepatitis A Treatment at Fox Medical Centers

Our Fox Medical Centers locations are spread throughout Miami-Dade County, which is very close by Broward, so no matter where you are, we would love for you to stop by if you need vaccinations of any kind, especially hepatitis A. Feel free to check out our website to find the nearest location to you!

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