Health officials in Hernando County, FL reported today on a positive case of hepatitis A in a food service worker from the Zig Zag Scallop Restaurant located at 4417 Calienta Street in Hernando Beach.
The Florida Department of Health in Hernando County (DOH-Hernando) says if you frequented this restaurant December 1 – 3, and have not previously been vaccinated for hepatitis A, you should be vaccinated. If you have previously received the hepatitis A vaccine you do not need to take additional action.
DOH-Hernando is offering the vaccine at no cost at their clinic, located at 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34606.
DOH-Hernando is also offering a special vaccination clinic at the Spring Hill location for those who need to receive the hepatitis a vaccine. The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 15.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent hepatitis A.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious disease that attacks the liver. People infected with hepatitis A are most contagious from two weeks before onset of symptoms to one week afterwards. Not everyone who is infected will have all the symptoms. Symptoms usually start within 28 days of exposure to the virus with a range of 15-50 days. Symptoms can include: Jaundice (yellowing skin and whites of eyes), fever, diarrhea, fatigue/tired, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, stomach pain, dark-colored urine and pale or clay colored stool.