Hep A case confirmed at Gulfport restaurant


GULFPORT, Fla. (WFLA) – Another case of Hepatitis A has been confirmed in Pinellas County.

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County said an employee works at Gulfport Family Restaurant on 49th Street South tested positive for the disease.

The Department of Health says anyone who ate at the restaurant during June 4-11 may have been infected. 

The Department of Health says if you consumed food from this restaurant during that period and have not previously been vaccinated for hepatitis A, you should receive the first dose of the hepatitis A immunization. The second dose is provided six months after the first.  If you previously have received the hepatitis A vaccine, you do not need to take additional action.

Hepatitis A is a viral illness that affects the liver and causes fever, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, jaundice or yellowing of skin and eyes and dark urine.

The infection is often spread by touching objects contaminated with feces and then touching the mouth or food. 

Washing your hands and getting the vaccination are the best defense to not contracting the virus, according to Melissa Watts, spokesperson for the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County. 

Those with specific questions about exposure to hepatitis A at Gulfport Family Restaurant can call (727) 824-6932 to reach the Epidemiology staff.

DOH-Pinellas continues to offer the hepatitis A vaccine at no cost and without an appointment at the following clinic locations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.

  • St. Petersburg: 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N
  • Pinellas Park: 6350 76th Ave. N
  • Mid-County (Largo): 8751 Ulmerton Rd
  • Clearwater: 310 N. Myrtle Ave
  • Tarpon Springs: 301 S. Disston Ave

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