Ocala, Florida — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County has identified a case of hepatitis A in a food service worker in Ocala. Per the department’s epidemiological
investigation, the affected individual worked at Zaxby’s, located at 6033 SW Highway 200, while infectious from May 13 – June 2, 2019.
The hepatitis A vaccine may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks
after exposure. Therefore, the hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for anyone who has not
previously been vaccinated for the virus who ate or drank at this restaurant between May 22
and June 2.
Those who consumed food or beverage between May 13 and May 21 should observe for signs
and symptoms of hepatitis A infection. This includes sudden onset of abdominal discomfort,
dark urine, fever, diarrhea, pale white stools, and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice). Anyone
experiencing these symptoms should promptly seek medical attention.
The Department of Health in Marion County is offering free hepatitis A vaccinations to
potentially impacted individuals. To get vaccinated, visit the department’s Ocala location, 1801
SE 32nd Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is through vaccination with the hepatitis A vaccine.
It’s also important to practice good hand hygiene, including thoroughly washing hands after
using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food, and to avoid sharing food, drinks, drugs or cigarettes.
For more information on hepatitis A, visit FloridaHealth.gov/HepA or call the toll-free Department of Health information line, 1-844-CALL-DOH (844-225-5364) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.