Hepatitis A Symptom List

A Homosassa-area food service worker has tested positive for hepatitis A, according to a press release issued late Friday by the Citrus County Health Department

The person may have been infectious from Jan. 19 to Feb. 3 while working at Old Mill Tavern in Homosassa.

The health department recommends anyone who ate or drank at the restaurant between Jan. 24 and Feb. 3, get vaccinated. The vaccine may provide protection if given within two weeks of exposure.

Those who consumed food or beverage Jan. 19-23 should look for signs and symptoms of hepatitis A infection.

Signs include sudden onset of abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, fever, diarrhea, pale white stools, or yellow skin and eyes. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should promptly seek medical attention.

Those who have previously received the hepatitis A vaccine or have had a past history of a hepatitis A infection are considered immune.

Those with specific questions about exposure to hepatitis A at Old Mill Tavern can call 352-527-0068.

(3) comments

NinaK

Hep A is spread through human feces. Yes its serious!! It can be deadly. Food service workers in this county don't seem to get any training in health and cleanliness. When workers use a toilet and don't even use basic sanitary measures (wash your hands) and spread feces to your glass or plate. To late to defend this establishment, the dirty deed was done. This failure in cleanliness is prevalent in Citrus County as attested to by Health scores, the public health inspectors website of resturant inspections. There were 24 resturants in citrus county that failed there first inspection this month. That not only unacceptable but its dangerous, now add in dogs which share 11 diseases with human through their feces which is never wash off. Our country clubs don't seem to do any better. The resturant and bar businesses need to realize you can't hire some one off the street, give them a low wage and expect them to understand the dangers of running a dirty, too hot/ cold food handling and storage establishment. I do my own cooking at home, its better and i know my meal isn't going to send me to a hospital.

coopdaddy

While I understand the concerns over this, It's also important to understand the the Old Mill Tavern was very proactive and responsible when they discovered this person had Hep A, Med Experts readily agree that the transfer of this Virus is very minimal to Patrons of a restaurant. Yes, if you are uncomfortable, GET the shot, but don't blame the Old Mill for some scumbag that contracted the Virus. No way they can know. There were 4 Health Department people in there with High Tech Equipment checking on the cleanliness, and found NO ISSUES. This is not a the big deal this sounds like. If you are concerned, just get the shot. Not a big deal!

So if you are concerned, get the shot,

citruschd

DOH-Citrus is offering the hepatitis A vaccine at no cost for individuals who ate or drank at this restaurant between January 24 thru February 3 at the health department in Lecanto, 3700 W. Sovereign Path on the following dates:

Saturday, February 8, from 9 a.m. to noon

Monday, February 10, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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