ENGLEWOOD-  Governor Ron DeSantis declared Hepatitis A emergency declared this week to help combat a growing number of cases.

There have been over two thousand cases of Hepatitis A in Florida this year, compared to over 500 cases last year. Governor DeSantis says declaring the public health emergency will help the protect the most vulnerable populations by helping them gain access to CDC resources.  

 “To try to put a lid on some of the growth in it,” DeSantis said. “That it made sense to do this, what this will do is allow us to have a different posture, we’ll be able to work with the CDC, to not only get resources but personnel, so you have vulnerable populations, homeless, people that are using drugs, you just need to get people out there to be able to provide the medicine to them.”

Hepatitis A can be prevented through vaccination.