Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County Identifies Hepatitis A Case in Palm Beach Gardens Restaurant Worker
May 23, 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 Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant located at 3101 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. The employee may have exposed patrons between May 1 – May 12, 2019.
The Hepatitis A vaccine may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure. Therefore, the Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for anyone who ate or drank at this restaurant between May 9 and May 12, however speaking to your medical care provider first is encouraged. Those who consumed food or beverage between May 1 and May 8 should instead observe for signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A infection. This includes sudden onset of abdominal discomfort, dark urine, fever, diarrhea, pale white stools, and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice). Anyone experiencing these symptoms should promptly seek medical attention.
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.
As of May 23, 2019, the number of cases of locally identified hepatitis A infections in Palm Beach County is 18, compared to 13 cases in 2018. To learn more about hepatitis A please visit www.floridahealth.gov/hepa.
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