Florida Declares Public Health Emergency


IT WAS ANNOUNCED THE NORTHBOUND EXPRESS WE WILL BE CLOSED BECAUSE OF THE EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE BARRIER WALL. WE BRING YOU UPDATES AS SOON AS WE GET MORE. NOW TO A CBS 4 HEALTH ALERT. STATE OFFICIALS SAY HEPATITIS A IS SWEEPING ACROSS THE FLORIDA POSING A THREAT TO THE PUBLIC AND FORCING OFFICIALS TO DECLARE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY. JOAN MURRAY IS LIFE IN FORT LAUDERDALE OUTSIDE THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WITH HOW THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT WHAT WORKS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. Reporter: HERE IN SOUTH FLORIDA BETWEEN PALM BEACH BROWARD BROWARD AND DADE WE HAD 81 CASES SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. CERTAINLY NOTHING LIKE THEY ARE EXPERIENCING THE REST COAST IN TAMPA THERE UP TO NEARLY 1000 CASES OF TO THE DECLARATION OF THE EMERGENCY IT IS SOMETHING I HAVE TO KEEP FRONT AND CENTER. Reporter: HEPATITIS A IS IMPLODING IN FLORIDA NOW EXCEEDING 25,000 CASES THIS YEAR ALONE. IT IS KILLED FOR PEOPLE NORTH OF US IN MARTIN COUNTY. INCLUDING CINDY COLLINS HUSBAND. SPOT THERE IS NO NEED FOR ANYBODY ELSE TO PASS AWAY FROM THIS. Reporter: HEPATITIS A IS A VIRUS SPREAD PERSON-TO-PERSON. IT AFFECTS YOUR LIVER. IT IS A FECAL ORALLY TRANSMITTED VIRUS WHICH MEANS YOU CAN GET IT FROM FOOD THAT IS CONTAMINATED. YOU CAN GET IT FROM THE HANDS OF SOMEBODY WHO IS CONTAMINATED. IT ALSO LIVES FOR A LONG TIME ON SERVICES. Reporter: SYMPTOMS INCLUDE ABDOMINAL PAIN, NAUSEA, VOMITING, FATIGUE, DARK URINE, YELLOW SKIN AND EYES. YOUR BEST DEFENSE IS TO WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER. AND GET VACCINATED. AND SELECTED PEOPLE WHO SHOULD BE VACCINATED INCLUDE MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN. PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO AN AREA WHERE THERE IS AN ON OUTBREAK OF HEPATITIS A, OR WHERE HEPATITIS A IS ENDEMIC AND PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS. NOT A LIVE VIRUS. ANYONE CAN TAKE THE VACCINE. EVEN PREGNANT WOMEN. TRUCK MORE THAN A DOZEN FOOD SERVICE WORKERS IN FLORIDA HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR HEPATITIS A, LEAVING CUSTOMERS AT RISK. WE THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR US TO SPREAD THE WORD TO EVERYONE. Reporter: AMANDA HANDLEY THE FLORIDA RESTAURANT AND LODGING ASSOCIATION REPRESENTING THOUSANDS OF EATERIES AND HOTELS THE STATE. WE HAVE BEEN DISTURBING HAND FOR FOLKS TO PAINT IN THEIR KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS, AND THINGS LIKE THAT REMINDING PEOPLE WASHING PROCEDURES. WE HAVE ALSO BEEN SPEAKING WITH MANAGERS AND OWNERS AND OPERATORS ABOUT THE FOOD CODE. THE FLORIDA FOOD CODE ABOUT WHO NEEDS TO BE EXCLUDED THEY’RE EXERTING CERTAIN TYPES OF ILLNESS. WHAT PUSHED HEPATITIS A UNDER CONTROL BEFORE IT SPREADS ANY FURTHER TRUCK IT WAS POINTED OUT THE ALCOHOL-BASED HAND SANITIZERS DO NOT KILL. THE HEPATITIS A VIRUS. THE BEST BUT A SOAP AND WATER WASHING FOR 20 SECONDS. WASH QUICKLY. HE WANTED VACCINE YOU CAN GET IT FOR FREE, HERE AT THE

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