Officials say hepatitis A on the rise in Florida

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Hepatitis A. (Credit: CBS)
Hepatitis A. (Credit: CBS)

Multiple health departments are investigating if hepatitis A tore a family apart.

A Husband and wife — Jeff and Nancy Kirsch — recently died. And their deaths launched a push for more to be done about the hepatitis A outbreak in the state in Martin County.

But the Florida Department of Health is not looking into their deaths.

Jeff’s brother, Ned Kirsch, is also dead. Ned died just days after he visited the county.

Health officials just released brand new information on the number of people affected. They said there are 19 cases of hepatitis A in Martin County, six in Palm Beach County, two in Okeechobee County and two in St. Lucie County.

There are 15 cases in Southwest Florida. Eight of those cases are in Lee County

For more information about hepatitis A, visit the Florida Health website.

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