Hepatitis A reaches outbreak level in Broward.

The county health department confirms there have been seven cases of adults with Hepatitis A since the first of the year, making Broward as well as counties to the north a high-risk zone. No word yet on the source of the communicable liver disease.

Hepatitis A is usually spread person-to-person through objects, food or drinks contaminated by fecal matter from an infected person.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A include:

  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice

Along with the Broward cases the number of hepatitis cases diagnosed in Palm Beach and Martin counties are continuing to climb.

Already this year, 22 cases of the highly-contagious hepatitis A have been confirmed in the two countties and two deaths in Palm City are blamed on the virus.

Statewide, 690 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed in the first quarter of the year.

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