A food service worker at Charlie Horse Restaurant and Lounge in Ocala has tested positive for hepatitis A. The worker was at the restaurant, located at 2426 E. Silver Springs Blvd., from July 18 to Aug. 1, and may have been contagious, according to a press release from the Florida Department of Health in Marion County.
“The hepatitis A vaccine may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure,” the release says. “Therefore, the hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for anyone who ate or drank at this restaurant between July 24 and Aug. 1. Those who consumed food or beverage between July 18 and July 23 should instead observe for signs and symptoms of hepatitis A infection. This includes sudden onset of abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, fever, diarrhea, pale white stools, or yellow skin and eyes (jaundice). Anyone experiencing these symptoms should promptly seek medical attention.”
Hepatitis A vaccinations are available at the health department, 1801 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Shots also will be available 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Horizon Academy, 365 Marion Oaks Drive.
If you previously have received the hepatitis A vaccine or have had a past history of a hepatitis A infection, you are considered immune and do not need to take additional action.