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Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County Identifies Hepatitis A Case in Palm Beach Food Service Worker

May 21, 2019

West Palm Beach, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County (DOH-Palm Beach) has identified a positive case of hepatitis A in a food service worker at the Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill Restaurant in Palm Beach, FL. located at 209 6th Street, West Palm Beach, FL. The employee may have exposed patrons between April 10th – May 1st, 2019.

Persons who consumed any food or beverage from this restaurant from April 10th – May 1st, 2019 may have also been exposed to the hepatitis A virus. Patrons should monitor for symptoms of hepatitis A infection which include sudden onset of abdominal discomfort, dark urine, fever, diarrhea, pale white stools, and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice). Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention promptly.

Concerned customers can call DOH-Palm Beach at 561-840- 4568 or 561-671-4184 to leave their information and a call-back number to speak directly with a nurse. The Hepatitis A vaccine is readily available through your physician’s office or local pharmacies if you are unsure of your Hepatitis A immunization status and would like to receive a vaccine.

As of May 20th, 2019, the number of cases of locally identified hepatitis A infections in Palm Beach County is 15, compared to 13 cases in 2018.

  • Patrons who consumed any food or beverage from this restaurant from April 10 – May 1 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus.

  • Patrons should monitor for symptoms of hepatitis A infection which include sudden onset of abdominal discomfort, dark urine, fever, diarrhea, pale white stools and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice).

  • Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention promptly and report the illness and restaurant exposure to DOH-Palm Beach.

  • Hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin (IG) may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure.

  • Those who have previously received the hepatitis A vaccine or established immunity do not need to take additional action.

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