Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County Identifies Hepatitis A Case in West Palm Beach Restaurant Worker
June 03, 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 Off the Bone BBQ located at 1516 N Tamarind Ave. West Palm Beach, FL 33401. The employee may have exposed patrons on May 14, 2019 only.
Anyone who consumed any food or beverage from this restaurant on May 14, 2019 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus. These patrons should monitor for symptoms of hepatitis A infection which includes 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.
For those not already immune, the hepatitis A vaccine may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure. Hepatitis A vaccine is the best method of preventing infection.
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 June 3 2019, the total number of hepatitis A cases in Palm Beach County for the year is 21, compared to 13 total cases in 2018. To learn more about hepatitis A please visit www.floridahealth.gov/hepa.
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