A Taco Bell employee in Tarpon Springs was confirmed to have hepatitis A last month, News Channel 8 has learned.
In an email to the Division of Hotels and Restaurants, the Florida Department of Health requested a joint inspection for a food worker at the Taco Bell located on U.S. Highway 19 North.
The department received notification of an employee who reportedly worked during his infectious period on April 12 through April 14.
This case is the latest confirmed hep A case in the Tampa Bay area. Earlier this week, health officials said thousands of Hernando County high school students may have been exposed to the disease at a Spring Hill restaurant. Cases were also confirmed at Ferg’s in St. Petersburg and in the Pinellas County Jail.
According to the CDC, hep A is a “vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus.” The disease is usually transmitted through the “fecal-oral route” or if someone consumes contaminated food or water.
Hep A symptoms include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice. The CDC says the symptoms usually resolve within two months of infection.
DOH-Pinellas is providing hepatitis A vaccines at not charge at its five clinic locations. No appointment is necessary.
The centers providing the vaccine are as followed:
- 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.