SARASOTA, Fla. — A worker at a Sarasota seafood restaurant has tested positive for hepatitis A, county health officials said Friday.
The employee at Duval's on Main Street may have exposed customers to hepatitis A between April 26 and May 10.
The Florida Department of Health recommends customers who went to the restaurant during that time and who haven't been vaccinated against hep A to be immunized.
Symptoms of hepatitis A infection include sudden onset of abdominal discomfort, dark urine, fever, diarrhea, pale white stools, and yellow skin and eyes. Anyone with these symptoms should seek medical attention promptly.
Customers with questions can call the health department at 941-861-2900.
The health department is offering free immunizations at the following locations:
DOH - Sarasota, 2200 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota 34237
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursdays: 8 - 11 a.m. and 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: 8 - 11 a.m.
Fridays: 8 - 11 a.m. and 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
DOH - Sarasota, North Port, 6950 Outreach Way, North Port 34287
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursdays: 8 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: 8 - 11:30 a.m.
Fridays: 8 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Hepatitis A cases have been on the increase across Sarasota County. Officials say there have been seven cases this year, compared to two cases in 2018 and two cases between 2014 and 2016.
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