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Sarasota food service worker tests positive for hepatitis A, health officials say

Posted: 7:06 PM, Jul 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-05 23:11:01-04
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SARASOTA, Fla. — A food service worker in Sarasota County tests positive for hepatitis A, the Sarasota County Health Department says.

Officials say the worker was infectious while working at Piccolo Italian Market & Deli. Health officials began an investigation after laboratory confirmation on July 3.

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They say anyone who visited the restaurant between June 21 and June 29, who has not already been vaccinated, should get the hepatitis A vaccination.

Sarasota CHD is offering the vaccine at their main office, located at 2200 Ringling Boulevard in Sarasota, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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There will also be a free hepatitis A vaccination event for patrons exposed between June 21 and June 29 at the same office on July 6 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

You will receive the first dose of the vaccine, with a second dose being administered six months later. If you have previously received the vaccine, you do not need to take additional action.

Individuals with questions about hepatitis A can call the Sarasota CHD at 941-861-2873 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hepatitis A vaccine may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure.

Patrons should monitor for symptoms of hepatitis A infection which include sudden onset of abdominal discomfort, dark urine, fever, diarrhea, pale white stools and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice). Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention promptly.