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Employee at Spring Hill pizza restaurant tests positive for hepatitis A, health officials say

Posted at 2:51 PM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 17:43:17-04

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — An employee at a Spring Hill pizza restaurant tested positive for hepatitis A, the department of health announced Tuesday.

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According to DOH-Hernando, the employee may have exposed patrons at Village Pizza Restaurant between May 29 and June 5.

Anyone who visited the restaurant during that time frame should monitor for symptoms of hep A, which include sudden onset of abdominal discomfort, dark urine, fever, diarrhea, pale white stools and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice).

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Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention.

The hepatitis A vaccine may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure, officials say. Therefore, the vaccination is recommended for anyone who ate or drank at the restaurant between June 4 and 5.

DOH-Hernando is offering the hepatitis A vaccine for free at the Spring Hill location of the Health Department with extended hours on June 18 and 19 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.