TAMPA, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County identified a positive case of Hepatitis A in a food service worker in Ybor City earlier this week.
- Positive case confirmed October 22
- Customers who dined at location between October 4-20 should get vaccinated
- Vaccine offered at DOH Sulphur Springs location: 8605 Mitchell Avenue, Tampa 33604
- 24-hotline for Hepatitis A questions: 813-307-8004
The positive case was confirmed on October 22, according to Department of Health officials. Following confirmation, investigators were able to determine that the individual worked at Hamburger Mary's Bar and Grille, located at 1800 East 8th Avenue, between October 4 and October 20.
Anyone who frequented this location between those dates should get vaccinated, according to the agency. If you've already received the Hepatitis A vaccination, no further action is required.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious disease of the liver. According to health officials, people infected are most contagious from two weeks before onset of symptoms to up to one week after.
Symptoms can include:
- Jaundice (yellowing skin and whites of eyes)
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Dark-colored urine
- Pale or clay colored stool
The Department of Health in Hillsborough is offering the vaccine at its Sulphur Springs location at 8605 Mitchell Avenue in Tampa. The agency extended the hours of the facility for those in need of vaccinations. The facility will be open on Thursday until 7 p.m., Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
According to the agency, vaccination is the BEST way to prevent Hepatitis A. People who should be vaccinated include:
- All childen at age 1 year
- People who are experiencing homelessness
- Users of recreational drugs, whether injected or not
- Men who have had sexual encounters with other men
- People with direct contact with others who have hepatitis A
- Travelers to countries where hepatitis A is common
- People with chronic or long-term liver disease, including hepatitis B or hepatitis C
- People with clotting-factor disorders
- Family and caregivers of adoptees from countries where hepatitis A is common
Health officials note that people with Hepatitis A symptoms should seek medical care immediately. No medicines can cure the disease once symptoms appear, but people may be given the vaccine within 14 days of exposure to prevent infection.
Most people get better over time, but may need to be hospitalized.