8 On Your Side is investigating hepatitis A cases being reported around Tampa Bay.
In Pinellas County, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation conducted joint investigations along with the Florida Department of Health at 11 restaurants for hepatitis A.
Six joint investigations were conducted at restaurants in Pasco County.
Five were done at restaurants in Hillsborough County.
Two were conducted in Sarasota County and Hernando County had one investigation.
Many of these cases have been reported to the public, such as the Taco Bell in Tarpon Springs, The Grill at Silverhorn in Spring Hill and Hamburger Mary’s in Tampa.
Other cases, according to a health department spokesperson, don’t meet the criteria to be made public.
Cases at Ferg’s in St. Peteburg, Ulele in Tampa and Grill Dawg in Port Richey were not made public.
Department heads said a public notification is used when they’re unable to contact diners who may have consumed food contaminated with hepatitis A.
Investigators look into many things to determine the risk of transmission like hand washing practices, work schedules and infectious periods.
8 On Your Side found that joint investigations were done in Polk, Desoto, Manatee and Citrus counties, but none were for Hepatitis A.
There were no joint investigations conducted in Highlands county in 2018.