MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. (FOX 13) – A food worker at a restaurant in Madeira Beach has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County.
Anyone who ate at the Friendly Fisherman Restaurant between May 7 and May 20 may have been exposed. The restaurant is located at 150 John's Pass Boardwalk Place.
DOH-Pinellas said the employee may have been contagious in these dates. Anyone who eats food or drinks in the restaurant and has not been vaccinated for hepatitis A should consider being vaccinated, health officials said. Those who have previously received the hepatitis A vaccine "need not take any further action," according to a press release.
The vaccine comes in two doses administered six months apart. The hepatitis A vaccine may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks of exposure.
DOH-Pinellas offers the vaccine at the following places Monday to Friday from 6:00 pm. 7.30 to kl. with the exception of Memorial Day where DOH sites will be closed.
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St. Petersburg : 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North
Pinellas Park : 6350 76th Avenue North
Largo : 8751
Clearwater : 310 Nordmyrtle Avenue
Tarpon Springs : 301 South Disston Avenue
Symptoms of hepatitis A include sudden onset of stomach discomfort, dark urine, fever, diarrhea, pale white stools and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice). Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention.
Concerned customers can call DOH-Pinellas at 727-824-6932. It's a 24-hour hotline.