In the midst of newsworthy Hepatitis A outbreaks in Kentucky, San Diego, and Michigan, this map depicts the number of Hepatitis A incidents across the United States from 2017-2018. The number fluctuations in each state over the last year is alarming considering that there are few national regulations being put into place in the realm of food safety. Catherine Huddle from Food Safety News explains that although the CDC recommends that all children should be vaccinated at the ages of 1 and 2, ” the CDC has not recommended Hepatitis A vaccinations for food service workers” (Huddle, 2018). We can only hope that more information and awareness of Hepatitis A outbreaks can help force a decline in it’s prevalence. For more information of state reported Hepatitis A incidents you can visit the Food Safety News web page.
Take a look at this interesting map we made on Mappler in collaboration with Planning Communities! The map is full of GIS layers that you can toggle to show various information such as crime, food, recreation, transit, and URISA health data in DC. The picture below shows URISA data marking sidewalks, intersections, homeless locations, and garbage. Visit the map to view all the data ! nj.mapplerx.com/map/urisahealth
Going out of the country and not sure the precautions you should take? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a very helpful and easy to use site that tells you all information regarding health and safety. When you visit the site all you have to do is select your destination and then there are optional tabs you can click for more specific information.
Once you have entered your information, just click GO and the site will give you information on vaccines and medicines, how to stay healthy and safe, a healthy travel package list, travel health notices, and information for after your trip. The CDC site is very helpful so go check it out!
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