TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – An outbreak of Hepatitis A is growing concern among Floridians.
The outbreak continues to grow across the state, with 70 cases reported last week, according to the Florida Department of Health website.READ MORE: Drew Barrymore Discusses New Show & Her Passion To Help Others
As of Saturday, 954 cases of the contagious liver disease had been reported in the state this year, compared to 549 cases in all of 2018 and 276 cases in 2017.
Health officials say the outbreak began last year, and 97 percent of the cases since Jan. 1, 2018, have likely been acquired in Florida.READ MORE: Madeline Pumariega, At The Helm Of Miami-Dade College, Calls 2021 'The Year Of The Woman'
During that period, Pinellas County has had the most cases, with 319.
Pinellas has been followed by Pasco County with 267 cases; Orange County with 179 cases; and Hillsborough County with 165 cases, according to the Department of Health website.
Hepatitis A can be spread through such things as food or drinks that have been contaminated with fecal matter from people with the disease. Health officials have urged people to get vaccinated against the disease.MORE NEWS: Coast Guard Searching For Plane, Pilot That Went Missing Off Boca Raton Coast
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