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Beef 'O' Brady's employee in Sarasota County tests positive for Hepatitis A, health officials say

Posted at 5:47 PM, Dec 20, 2019

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -- Another case of hepatitis A has been confirmed at a popular local restaurant.

A food service worker with Beef 'O' Brady's at 1037 Sumter Boulevard in North Port recently tested positive for Hepatitis A, according to DOH-Sarasota.

RELATED: Florida hepatitis A cases have already tripled since last year

Health officials say those who ate at the restaurant between December 7 and December 20 are encouraged to get a Hepatitis A vaccination.

Hepatitis A has become an epidemic in the Tampa Bay area and the state with more than 2,900 confirmed cases in Florida since January 2018.

RELATED: Everything you need to know about hepatitis A in the Tampa Bay area

The hepatitis A virus is spread when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food or drinks that have been contaminated with small undetected amounts of stool from an infected person.

DOH-Sarasota will be offering free Hepatitis A vaccinations at the North Port Health Center on Outreach Way on December 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can click here for a full list of places you can receive Hep. A vaccinations in Sarasota County.

For more information on hepatitis A and guidelines from the federal government, visit: www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/index.htm.