We’re in the middle of the nation’s largest Hepatitis A outbreak ever, with over 30,000 cases in the past year. This uptick is closely tied with the opioid epidemic, and it’s hard to kick because of it’s long incubation period, which ranges from 14 to 55 days. 13 states have alarmingly high rates, including Florida.
In 2017, Florida had 276 confirmed cases of Hep A. As of January 4th, 2020, they currently have over 4,000. There was more than a 500% increase in cases from 2018 to 2019.
The most common symptoms include:
Symptoms could also include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, loss of appetite, joint pain or fever.
There are a few simple things you can do to keep your business safe:
If you or an employee is exposed, there’s a tight window for preventative vaccination (14 days from onset of symptoms).
To sum it up, Hep A isn’t going anywhere fast. To protect yourself and your business, make sure your whole team knows the symptoms, don’t let anyone work sick, clean your bathrooms and key touch points aggressively, and step up your handwashing.