- Florida Department of Health officials in Hillsborough County announced Thursday that a restaurant worker was tested positive for hepatitis A.
- The unnamed restaurant employee worked at Hamburger Mary’s Bar and Grille in Ybor City neighborhood between Oct. 4 and Oct. 20.
- Officials are now urging all who visited the burger-restaurant chain during that period to get a hepatitis A vaccine.
Hepatitis A is a “highly contagious” liver infection which is caused by the hepatitis A virus, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The virus usually spreads when someone eats or drinks something “contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person,” the health agency said.
According to the CDC, those who contract hepatitis A may be sick for “several weeks” but usually fully recover. Hepatitis A should not be confused with hepatitis B or C, which are caused by different viruses.
Though hepatitis A can lead to liver failure and death in people who are 50 years old and older, it is unusual to die from the illness.
Fever, fatigue, vomiting, dark urine, joint pain and jaundice are among the symptoms of hepatitis A infection.
The CDC says that hepatitis A is more common in developing countries where poor sanitation and hygiene are the usual practice.
In September, Massachusetts issued a public health warning after one person died and 64 others were infected by the disease since April.
Officials urged those who went to the Hamburger Mary’s Bar and Grille restaurant between Oct. 4 and Oct. 20, and were not vaccinated can get the shot at the Department of Health’s Sulphur Springs location.
Hepatitis A is preventable with a vaccination, officials said.
Source: Fox News