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.
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.
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.