Division of Well being-Sarasota {officials} mentioned a employee at P.F. Chang’s in Sarasota might have been infectious with hepatitis A and urged vaccincations.

The Florida Division of Well being in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) has recognized a optimistic case of hepatitis A in a meals service employee in Sarasota. The company performed an epidemiological investigation and decided {that a} employee at P.F. Chang’s, 766 South Osprey Ave., from Nov. 6 -17 might have been infectious.

Hepatitis A is a extremely contagious illness that assaults the liver and might be deadly. It’s unfold by meals or drinks contaminated with fecal matter from folks with heaptitis A or shut contact with contaminated folks.

Folks contaminated with hepatitis A are most contagious from two weeks earlier than onset of signs to 1 week afterward. Not everybody who’s contaminated could have all of the signs. Signs normally begin inside 28 days of publicity to the virus with a spread of 15-50 days.

As a result of the hepatitis A vaccine might shield towards the illness if given inside two weeks after publicity, {officials} really helpful that anybody who ate or drank on the restaurant between these dates be vaccinated.

Florida is within the midst of a sustained hepatitis A outbreak. Fifty-one circumstances had been reported within the state final week, bringing the entire variety of circumstances this yr to three,079, as of Saturday, the Information Service of Florida reported. Duval County had the most important variety of newly reported circumstances final week with six, adopted by Citrus County with 4. Pasco, Pinellas and Volusia counties, in the meantime, proceed to guide the state within the general numbers of reported hepatitis A infections with 407, 377 and 276 circumstances, respectively, a Information Service evaluation of state information confirmed.

Anybody with questions on publicity to hepatitis A at P.F. Chang’s can name 941-861-2873 to achieve the DOH-Sarasota Epidemiology workers.

Well being {officials} observe that almost all of circumstances of hepatitis A in Florida are shut contacts of individuals experiencing homelessness or individuals who use or inject medication. Lower than 5% of circumstances have been recognized amongst meals employees. To this point, the state has not recognized a case of hepatitis A transmission from a meals employee to a restaurant patron.

DOH-Sarasota is providing the hepatitis A vaccine free at Sarasota and North Port Immunization Clinics.

DOH-Sarasota, 2200 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota; Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursdays: 8 – 11a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Tuesdays: 8 – 11 a.m.; Fridays: 8 – 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

DOH-Sarasota, North Port, 6950 Outreach Method, North Port; Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursdays: 8 – 11:30 a.m. and 1p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Tuesdays: 8 – 11:30 a.m.; Fridays: 8 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – Four p.m.

Hepatitis A signs can embrace jaundice (yellowing pores and skin and whites of eyes), fever, diarrhea, fatigue, lack of urge for food, nausea and vomiting, abdomen ache, dark-colored urine and pale or clay coloured stool.

Good hand hygiene performs an vital position in stopping the unfold of hepatitis A. Use cleaning soap and operating water and wash for at the very least 20 seconds, wash palms after altering a diaper or caring for an individual, and wash palms earlier than making ready, serving or consuming meals. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers don’t kill the hepatitis A virus.

No medicines can remedy the illness as soon as signs seem. Folks with hepatitis A signs ought to search medical care instantly.

Most individuals get higher over time however might must be hospitalized.

After a case of hepatitis A has been reported by a well being care supplier, the county well being division epidemiologist will interview the person and acquire data relating to the timeline of their earlier 50 days, together with journey, occupation, drug use, meals historical past and extra. The epidemiologist will then establish shut contacts of the ailing individual.

This report consists of materials from the Information Service of Florida.

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