Tennesseans urged to get hepatitis A vaccine amid outbreak

Hepatitis A - a serious liver disease - has reached outbreak level in Jefferson County, according to health officials.

An updated news release from the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) says 2,000 Tennesseans have now been infected with the virus that causes hepatitis A since the outbreak began previous year. Volusia County, with 12 cases, leads the state in the number of new cases reported for the most recent week, which ended August 17. Statewide, there have been 109 confirmed cases of the Hepatitis A virus, or HAV, with 326 cases under investigation.

The latest report brings the county's total number of hepatitis A cases to 208. Rivkees encouraged people to be vaccinated against the virus, which is spread through oral injection or fecal matter. Thirty cases were reported in July, the highest number of monthly cases since the outbreak began in September 2018.

Volusia, 34; Brevard, 23; Manatee, 21; Pinellas, 21; Pasco, 19; and Lee, 16. 27; Charlotte, 17; Broward, 13; Santa Rosa, 13; Duval, 9; Okeechobee, 9; Indian River, 8; Levy, 7; Bay, 6; St. Johns, 6; Alachua, 5; Flagler, 5; Okaloosa, 5; Taylor, 5; Collier, 4; Jackson, 4; Clay, 3; Columbia, 3; Escambia, 3; Leon, 3; Nassau, 3; DeSoto, 2; Glades, 2; Hendry, 2; Putnam, 2; Wakulla, 2; Walton, 2; Franklin, 1; Gilchrist, 1; Hamilton, 1; Hardee, 1; Liberty, 1; Madison, 1; Suwannee, 1; Monroe, 1; Washington, 1.