GULFPORT, Fla. — An employee at a Gulfport restaurant tested positive for hepatitis A, health officials in Pinellas County said Tuesday.
The employee worked at Gulfport Family Restaurant and may have been infectious between June 4 and June 11.
DOH-Pinellas says anyone who consumed food from this restaurant during that period and have not previously been vaccinated for hepatitis A should receive the first dose of the immunization. The second dose is provided six months after the first.
"When a case's infectious period coincides with a work timeframe that might expose the public to hepatitis A, we consider whether to do a patron notification," said Dr. Ulyee Choe, director of DOH-Pinellas. "It's not a step we take lightly, but it's one that's undertaken when it's necessary to protect the health of the public, as with this one."
Those with specific questions about exposure to hepatitis A at Gulfport Family Restaurant can call 727-824-6932 to reach the Epidemiology staff.
DOH-Pinellas is encouraging all healthcare providers, including hospital emergency departments to stay on high alert and immediately report cases to DOH-Pinellas.
DOH-Pinellas continues to offer the hepatitis A vaccine at no cost and without an appointment at the following clinic locations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.
- St. Petersburg: 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N
- Pinellas Park: 6350 76th Ave. N
- Mid-County (Largo): 8751 Ulmerton Rd
- Clearwater: 310 N. Myrtle Ave
- Tarpon Springs: 301 S. Disston Ave
Contact your county's health department for hepatitis A vaccinations if you live outside Pinellas.