The Florida Department of Health has created surveillance tools to detect hepatitis cases throughout the state.
The tools helped electronic laboratories to process approximately 650,000 tests for hepatitis in 2014. This method has enhanced the quality of reporting and decreased the amount of reporting time required in Florida. The state’s ability to accurately detect hepatitis cases that have previously remained unknown shows how prevalent the virus is in Florida.
Hepatitis C is a prevalent public health concern and needs a comprehensive statewide approach to be successfully contained, which is why Florida’s health professionals have used their new method since 2011. Now, Florida is leading the way for surveillance identification hepatitis reporting within the U.S.
The department plans to continue its work to assess, educate and prevent the amount of hepatitis morbidity in Florida. To do so, they will continue to improve the hepatitis surveillance system to target improving the connections between hepatitis clients and care.
To educate the general public about hepatitis C, representatives from the Florida Department of Health have established a new website that will offer educational materials for to the curious public. This information includes frequently asked questions, general background information, and a downloadable broadcast-quality.