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By The Numbers: Hepatitis A Hotspots

The Department of Health will request assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to abate the spread of the virus.
The Department of Health will request assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to abate the spread of the virus.

Hepatitis A is spreading in Florida, and the state during the past two months has started taking aggressive steps to abate the virus, including issuing a public health emergency and spending $3 million to hire part-time staff to assist at county health departments.

The Florida Department of Health releases weekly data about reported cases, and The News Service of Florida has kept a running tally since July. Here is an analysis tracking the 10 counties with the largest increases in cases during the most-recent 10 week-period that ended Saturday. The analysis also shows the percentage increases in those counties during the period:

Volusia: 62 cases, 36 percent

Brevard: 46 cases, 74 percent

Pinellas: 40 cases, 12 percent

Citrus: 38 cases, 152 percent

Manatee: 38 cases: 46 percent

Lee: 37 cases, 97 percent

Pasco: 37 cases, 10 percent

Lake: 31 cases, 34 percent

Sarasota: 31 cases, 100 percent

Hillsborough: 26 cases, 23 percent

Note: As of Saturday, Pasco County had the most reported hepatitis A cases this year, with 392. It was followed by Pinellas County, with 363 cases, and Volusia County with 236 cases, according to a Department of Health report.

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Christine Sexton / News Service of Florida