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Hernando County pizza restaurant customers may have been exposed to hepatitis A

Vaccinations are recommended for anyone who ate or drank at Village Pizza between June 4 and 5.

SPRING HILL, Fla. — A restaurant worker who tested positive for hepatitis A may have exposed customers earlier this month, according to the Florida Department of Health in Hernando County.

The Department of Health said a Village Pizza Restaurant employee may have exposed customers between May 29 and June 5.

Hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure. A hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for anyone who ate or drank between June 4-5 from Village Pizza, which is located at 4070 Deltona Blvd. in Spring Hill.

Village Pizza owner Mark Kucan said state officials came to the restaurant, inspected it and completed their paperwork.

Kucan said Village Pizza complied with the state. Village Pizza has continued to operate even after the restaurant became aware of their worker testing positive for hepatitis A on June 9, Kucan said.

Kucan said one of the state inspectors told him it wasn't his company's fault.

Hepatitis A is a preventable liver disease that’s transmitted through contact with food, drinks or other objects contaminated by small amounts of feces from an infected person.

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