RIGHT NOW - AN "HEP- A"AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ISUNDERWAY.
HEALTH OFFICIALS ARESTRESSING GOOD HYGIENE TOPREVENT THE SPREAD OFHEPATITIS A..
ESPECIALLY WITHTHREE LOCAL COUNTIES STILL ATHIGH RISK FOR THE VIRUS.WPTV NEWSCHANNEL 5SHAINMAN IS LIVE IN MARTINCOUNTY WHERE THEY ARE TAKINGTHEIR INFORMATION CAMPAIGN TONEW PLACES& JON.SHANNON, THE NUMBER OF HEP ACASES HERE IN MARTIN COUNTYHAS REMAINED STEADY AT 20, BUTLOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS AREBEING PROACTIVE TO REMINDPEOPLE TO GET VACCINATED, ANDTO WASH THEIR HANDS.<< (PKG) (nat audio clip:5“Hepatitis A is a contagiousvirus that can harm your liverand make you sick for weeks ormonths”) That public serviceannouncement is now playing onTreasure Coast radio.
And thenext time you fill up, you maysee a sign about the recentoutbreak.
(:6 audio clip“Thebest way to stop the spread ofgerms, including Hepatitis A,is to wash your hands oftenwith soap and water”) Morethan 50 gas stations andconvenience stores have thesigns in English and Spanish.Later this month& electronicbillboards will carry the samemessage on Kanner Highway andon US 1 north of the RooseveltBridge.
Palm Beach, Martin,and St.
Lucie Counties are allconsidered high risk areas forHep A (Clint Sperber/ FloridaDOH/ St.
Lucie County:11“Weare currently at 9 cases andour cases are following alongthe same high risk lifestylesthat several other counties inthe state are witnessing”)Clint Sperber, head of theFlorida Department of Healthin St.
Lucie County says itvery difficult to identify asource for Hep A because ofthe long incubation period.(:5“Trying to trace back whatpeople were doing, where theywere 28 days ago ischallenging”)