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Martin, Palm Beach counties ‘at risk’ for hepatitis A

April 10, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Health officials say Palm Beach are Martin counties are considered to be at high risk for hepatitis A after multiple cases have been reported.

Palm Beach County health department spokesman Alex Shaw confirms that six cases have now been confirmed there and the agency considers a community to be at risk once there are five confirmed cases.

News outlets report that 16 cases have been confirmed in neighboring Martin County this year, with three deaths attributed to the virus over the past month.

Renay Rouse of the Martin County health agency says the county’s total is the highest in five years.

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection. It spreads when someone ingests the virus from objects, food or drinks contaminated by fecal matter of an infected person.