Ybor City restaurant reopens after authorities said an employee tested positive for Hepatitis A

Posted at 6:12 PM, Oct 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-26 18:12:30-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Hamburger Mary’s in Ybor City reopened Friday evening after the restaurant was closed for nearly two days.

ORIGINAL STORY: Hamburger Mary's worker tests positive for Hepatitis A; customers urged to get vaccinated

Authorities said an employee tested positive for Hepatitis A. Health officials said people need to get vaccinated immediately if they visited the restaurant between October 4 and October 20. ABC Action News learned in the past roughly 48 hours, nearly 200 people were vaccinated that believe they were exposed. 

Amanda Marshall stopped by the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County on Friday for her vaccine. The Sulphur Springs clinic extended its hours of operation to allow people to visit the clinic and get vaccinated. People can go until 7 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday. 

“My health is in jeopardy because of my choice in a restaurant,” Tyler Williams said. 

Health officials said other employees and people who they came in close contact with were given the vaccination as long as they did not have symptoms. Health officials said if you were exposed, you must get the vaccine within 14 days.

“Of course I’m worried. I don’t want my health to fail because of going out to eat,” Williams said. 

Health officials said people should not panic because this is a preventable disease with the vaccine. They said to remember to practice good hygiene. They said people should wash their hands frequently so they do not spread any disease. Some of the symptoms for Hepatitis A include fever, fatigue, stomach pain and loss of appetite.

“This could happen to anybody, anywhere, anytime. Just because it happened at Hamburger Mary’s is no reason (not) to eat there,” Art Hughes said.