April 10, 2019
The Florida Department of Health reports several counties in the state of Florida are seeing an increase in the number of cases of Hepatitis A. Since 2018, 1293 cases have been reported statewide. Okeechobee has 4 confirmed cases since 2018 (2 cases in 2018 and 2 cases in 2019). Hepatitis A is a vaccine preventable communicable disease.
The Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and today acknowledged the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the department at www.FLHealthCHARTS.com.