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DOH-Hernando Identifies Case of Hepatitis A in Food Service Worker; Encourages Vaccination

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Brooksville, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Hernando County (DOH-Hernando) has identified a positive case of hepatitis A in a food service worker at Village Pizza Restaurant in Spring Hill, FL. The employee may have exposed patrons between May 29 and June 5, 2019. 

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Hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin (IG) may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure. Therefore, Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for anyone who ate or drank between June 4 and 5 from Village Pizza, which is located at 4070 Deltona Blvd. in Spring Hill. Concerned Village Pizza customers can call DOH-Hernando at 352-247-6111 to leave their information and a call-back number to speak directly with a nurse.

DOH-Hernando is also offering the hepatitis A vaccine for free at the Spring Hill location of the Health Department with extended hours on June 18 and 19 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Person who consumed any food or beverage from this restaurant from May 29  to June 5 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus. Patrons should monitor for symptoms of hepatitis A infection which include sudden onset of abdominal discomfort, dark urine, fever, diarrhea, pale white stools, and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice). Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention promptly.

Hernando County has seen a significant increase in hepatitis A cases. In 2019, the number of cases of locally identified hepatitis A infections in Hernando County is 67, compared to 6 cases in 2018, and 2 cases from 2014-2016.

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Health Department

7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. Spring Hill, FL 34606 
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

352-540-6800

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein has over 35 years experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with neurologically impaired adults. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of South Florida in Speech Pathology. Leslie specializes in caring for individuals who have been effected by multiple medical conditions both acute and degenerative. Populations she cares for includes, but is not limited to, patients suffering from the symptoms of Stroke, Parkinsons, Alzheimers/Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, and ALS which can adversely affect communication, cognition and swallow. Many years of experience has provided her with extensive knowledge and skills when developing individualized therapeutic techniques to help these patients return to their prior level of functioning or improving the quality of their life.
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