Statewide outbreak update
The Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) reported an additional 85 hepatitis A cases during the week ending May 4, bringing the outbreak total since the beginning of the year to 1037. The 85 cases is the most reported in one week since the outbreak started in 2018.
Pinellas, Pasco, Orange and Hillsborough counties still account for six out of 10 cases reported since 2018.
In total, 1,585 hepatitis A cases were reported from January 1, 2018 through May 4, 2019.
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County has identified a positive case of hepatitis A in a food service worker at Arby’s Restaurant in north Pinellas, FL. The employee may have exposed patrons between April 5 – 20, 2019.
An epidemiological investigation was conducted and it showed the individual who worked at Arby’s Restaurant, 30263 US Highway 19 N., Clearwater 33761, between April 5 and 20 may have been infectious.
Health officials say if you frequented this restaurant during that period and have not previously been vaccinated for hepatitis A, you should consider getting vaccinated. You will receive the first dose of the hepatitis A immunization. The second dose is provided six months after the first. If you have previously received the hepatitis A vaccine you do not need to take additional action.
Hepatitis A vaccine may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure.
The Florida Department of Health in Hernando County has identified a positive case of hepatitis A in a food service worker at the Silverthorn Country Club Restaurant in Spring Hill, FL. The employee may have exposed patrons between April 12 – 30, 2019.
Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for anyone who ate or drank between April 17 – 30 at the restaurant, which is located at 4550 Golf Club Lane. Individuals who consumed any food or beverage from this restaurant from April 12 – 16 may have also been exposed to the hepatitis A virus.
Hernando County has seen a significant increase in hepatitis A cases. In 2019, the number of cases in Hernando County is 49, compared to 6 cases in 2018, and 2 cases from 2014-2016.
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