HOLMES BEACH-  The Manatee County Health Department has identified a case of Hepatitis A in a food service worker in Holmes Beach.

The individual worked at the Ugly Grouper restaurant located at 5704 Marina Drive while infectious. If you frequented this restaurant prior to June 22 and have not previously been vaccinated for Hepatitis A, you should consider being vaccinated at your local county health department or primary care physician’s office. You will receive the first dose of the vaccine, with a second dose being administered six months later. If you have previously received the Hepatitis A vaccine, you do not need to take additional action.

Manatee County’s health department is offering the vaccine at their office, as well as at two FREE Hepatitis A vaccination events:

  • Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach -July 5 – 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Manatee County Health Department, 410 6th Avenue East in Bradenton- July 6 – 8 a.m. until 1 p.m

Hepatitis A vaccine may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure. Patrons should monitor for symptoms of Hepatitis A infection which include sudden onset of abdominal discomfort, dark urine, fever diarrhea, pale white stools and yellow skin and eyes. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention promptly.