The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County claims to have identified a positive case of hepatitis A in a person who worked at The Toasted Monkey Bar and Grill in St. Pete Beach.
Officials say the person worked at the restaurant on 6110 Gulf Boulevard between October 17 and October 28, 2018. They say that anyone who has visited this restaurant during this time and has not been vaccinated against hepatitis A should get the vaccine as soon as possible. If you have received the vaccine, you do not have to do anything.
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Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis virus. The best way to prevent this is the vaccine.
The Florida Department of Health in the district of Pinellas offers the vaccine in the following locations:
- St. Petersburg: 205 Martin Luther King Jr. St. N
- Pinellas Park: 6350 76th Ave. N
- Center (Largo): 8751 Ulmerton Rd
- Clearwater: 310 N. Myrtle Ave
- Tarpon Springs: 301 S. Disston Ave.
For people who have questions about hepatitis A, a 24-hour hotline has been set up. If you have any questions, please call the number 727-824-6932.
Tourists who recently ate at the restaurant said the news was unsettling.
"It is definitely a nuisance for tourists, I will spread the word," said the tourist Yvette Morris.
FROM THE CDC:
What is Hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. It can range from a mild illness of a few weeks to a serious illness of several months. Although rare, hepatitis A can lead to death in some people. Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly takes the virus from items, foods or drinks that are contaminated by a small, undetected amount of stool from an infected person.
What is the difference between hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C?
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are liver infections caused by three different viruses. Although both can cause similar symptoms, they have different modes of transmission and can affect the liver differently. Hepatitis A is usually a short-term infection and does not become chronic. Hepatitis B and hepatitis C can also start as short-term acute infections. In some people, however, the virus remains in the body, leading to chronic diseases and long-term liver problems. There are vaccines for hepatitis A and hepatitis B; However, there is no vaccine against hepatitis C.
On the page "What is hepatitis?" Find more information about the differences between hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
How serious is hepatitis A?
Most people who suffer from hepatitis A feel ill for several weeks, but usually recover completely and have no permanent liver damage. In rare cases hepatitis A can cause liver failure and death. This is more common in people over 50 and in people with other liver diseases.
How common is hepatitis A in the United States?
In 2016, there were an estimated 4,000 hepatitis A cases in the United States. The hepatitis A rate has dropped more than 95% since the hepatitis A vaccine was first available in 1995.
Transmission / exposure
How does hepatitis A spread?
Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly takes the virus from items, foods or drinks that are contaminated by a small, undetected amount of stool from an infected person. Hepatitis A can also spread through close personal contact with an infected person, eg. B. by sex or the care of sick people.
Hepatitis A contamination of food (which may include deep-frozen foods) can occur at any point: cultivation, harvesting, processing, handling and even after cooking. In countries where hepatitis A is common and in areas with poor sanitation or poor personal hygiene, food or water contamination is more common. In the United States, the chlorination of water kills the hepatitis A virus that enters the water supply. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) routinely monitors natural waters used to recover from stool contamination, so there is no need for targeted monitoring for hepatitis A viruses.