By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County  has identified a positive case of hepatitis A in a food service worker in Ocala.

Hepatitis A Vaccine
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DOH-Marion conducted an epidemiological investigation and today determined an individual who worked at Charlie Horse Restaurant and Lounge, located at 2426 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34470, during July 18 to Aug. 1 may have been infectious.

The hepatitis A vaccine may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure. Therefore, the hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for anyone who ate or drank at this restaurant between July 24 and Aug. 1.

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Those who consumed food or beverage between July 18 and July 23 should instead observe for signs and symptoms of hepatitis A infection. This includes sudden onset of abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, fever, diarrhea, pale white stools, or yellow skin and eyes (jaundice). Anyone experiencing these symptoms should promptly seek medical attention.

DOH-Marion continues to offer the hepatitis A vaccine at no cost and without an appointment at its Ocala office, located at 1801 SE 32nd Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents also can get vaccinated for hepatitis A for free at the following locations and times:

  • Saturday, Aug. 10, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Florida Department of Health in Marion County (1801 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala)
  • Saturday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Horizon Academy (365 Marion Oaks Drive, Ocala)