DOH-Hillsborough Identifies Case Of Hepatitis A in Food Service Worker; Encourages Vaccination
April 04, 2019
The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County (DOH-Hillsborough) has identified a positive case of hepatitis A in a food service worker at Sandpiper Grille in Sun City Center. Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for anyone who ate or drank between March 20 – 24 at the restaurant, which is located at 1702 S Pebble Beach Blvd., as they may have been exposed to hepatitis A. Those who have previously received the hepatitis A vaccine do not need to take additional action.
DOH-Hillsborough is offering the vaccine weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sulphur Springs Health Complex, located at 8605 Mitchell Ave, Tampa, FL 33604, for free to those who may have been exposed. On Saturday, a special vaccination clinic will also be set up at the Joyce Ely Health Center (WIC Location), 205 14th Avenue, S.E., Ruskin, FL 33570, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
A hotline has been set up for people who may have questions. The number to call is (813) 307-8004.
On March 30, 2019, DOH-Hillsborough received lab confirmation that a person tested positive for hepatitis A and immediately began conducting an epidemiological investigation.
Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person. Hepatitis A can also spread from close personal contact with an infected person such as through sex or caring for someone who is ill. Contamination of food (this can include frozen and undercooked food) by hepatitis A virus can happen at any point: growing, harvesting, processing, handling, and even after cooking.
Hepatitis A Facts
Vaccination is the best way to prevent hepatitis A. People who should be vaccinated for hepatitis A include:
- All children at age 1 year
- People who are experiencing homelessness
- Users of recreational drugs, whether injected or not
- Men who have sexual encounters with other men
- People with direct contact with others who have hepatitis A
- Travelers to countries where hepatitis A is common
- People with chronic or long-term liver disease, including hepatitis B or hepatitis C
- People with clotting-factor disorders
- Family and caregivers of adoptees from countries where hepatitis A is common
What is Hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious disease that attacks the liver. People infected with hepatitis A are most contagious from two weeks before
- Jaundice (yellowing skin and whites of eyes)
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Dark-colored urine
- Pale or
How is Hepatitis A Treated or Hepatitis A Infection Prevented?
- Hepatitis A vaccine is the best method of preventing infection.
- No medicines can cure the disease once symptoms appear. People with hepatitis A symptoms should seek medical care immediately.
- Most people get better over time but may need to be hospitalized.
Previousinfection with hepatitis A provides immunity for the rest of a person’s life.
- People that are exposed to hepatitis A may be given
vaccineor immune globulin within 14 days of exposure to prevent infection.
About the Florida Department of Health
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