SARASOTA, Fla. -- Health officials have identified a positive case of Hepatitis A in a food service worker at P.F. Chang's in Sarasota.
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) determined that a worker at P.F. Chang's at 766 South Osprey may have been infectious from November 6 to 17.
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.
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.
Pinellas County Health Department is offering hepatitis A vaccines to the public at no cost at several vaccine centers. For more information on where you can get these free vaccines in Pinellas County, you can click here. Other Florida counties, including Hillsborough, also provide free or discounted hepatitis A vaccines. You can click here for more information.
For more information on hepatitis A and guidelines from the federal government, visit: www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/index.htm.