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Don't Invite Foodborne Illnesses to the Holiday Table

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Share holiday meals with relatives, friends and neighbors, but make sure not to invite foodborne illnesses to the table. Foodborne illnesses can bring on severe symptoms and lead to hospitalizations or, in extreme cases, even prove fatal. Each year, about 3,000 deaths are attributed to contaminated food. Symptoms may happen within minutes and the sick person may have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or fever at first.

Above, members of the Pinellas red wagon team from left to right: Bridget Livingston, Kareem Altidor, Jalysa Erskine, Fannie Vaughn, RN and Vonet Lassister, RN.

Pinellas County Uses Every Tactic Available to Push Back Hepatitis A
Epidemiologists study disease trends so they are always the first to know when diseases spike. At the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas), the staff noticed a worrisome increase in hepatitis A cases in early 2018. Where there had been zero cases a year before, there were seven cases reported by the end of May. By September, the monthly count was up to 14.

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Hepatitis A Virus is a vaccine-preventable form of infectious hepatitis.

1. Hepatitis A is contagious and can harm your liver.

2. Prevent the spread of hepatitis A. Talk to your health care provider about getting vaccinated.

3. The hepatitis A vaccine is safe and effective.

The hepatitis A information line is available to the public to answer questions regarding hepatitis A activity in Florida. The information line is available Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm during normal business hours.

The toll free number is 1-844-CALL-DOH (844-225-5364)

You may email your questions to: HepA@flhealth.gov

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