Fivay High summer school students warned about possible hepatitis A exposure

One case of the disease was confirmed at the Hudson school. Parents were advised to review children’s vaccination records.
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Published June 17

HUDSON — Families of Fivay High summer school students received a letter last week that their children may have been exposed to hepatitis A.

The school had one confirmed case of hepatitis A, according to the letter from the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County. The letter recommended that parents review their children's vaccination records to make sure they were vaccinated.

The vaccine is given in a two-dose series. Children can get the vaccine at the Health Department, 10841 Little Road, New Port Richey, or from a pediatrician.

The letter also advised washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom and before eating. Using hand sanitizer is not effective against the virus.

The notice went home with summer school students and staff.

“There are about 200 students and 35 staff members currently, so it was important to the school district and health department to make them aware of the illness and give them information about preventing and recognizing its symptoms,” school district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said.

The last day of the regular school year for students was May 29, and for teachers it was May 31.

Fivay had no other confirmed cases during the school year, she said.

Hepatitis A is spread from touching an object contaminated by feces of an infected person and then touching the mouth or food.

Symptoms include fever, fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, clay-colored stools and dark urine, the letter said.

Contact Paige Fry at pfry@tampabay.com. Follow @paigexfry.

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