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Food worker carried hepatitis A at Spring Hill's Silverthorn Country Club Restaurant, health department says

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Published May 1, 2019

SPRING HILL — A food service worker may have exposed patrons at a local country club to hepatitis A last month, according to a news release from the Florida Department of Health.

The health department identified a positive hepatitis A case in a worker at Silverthorn Country Club Restaurant, according to the release. The worker may have exposed patrons to the virus from April 12-30.

Because a vaccine may protect against the disease for two weeks after exposure, the health department recommends vaccination for anyone who ate at Silverthorn from April 17-30. The health department office in Spring Hill, at 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., is offering free vaccinations and will stay open until 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and Monday through May 8.

People who ate at the restaurant April 12-16 should watch for symptoms of the virus, according to the release. Those include sudden abdominal pain, dark urine, fever, diarrhea, pale stool and jaundice. Those with symptoms should seek medical attention quickly.

Hernando County has seen 39 hepatitis A cases already in 2019, according to the health department. The county saw only six cases last year, and two from 2014-2016.

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