The Public Health Authority of Cabarrus County, North Carolina has updated information about the possible hepatitis A exposure at the Papa John’s Pizza restaurant. The restaurant is located at 8016 Cambridge Commons Drive, Suite B in Charlotte, NC. Anyone who visited that restaurant between March 24 and April 7, 2014 may have been exposed to the virus.
A hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination is necessary for anyone who visited the restaurant. If you ate food from this location from March 24 to March 27, 2014, a vaccination would not work because it has been more than two weeks since your exposure; monitor yourself for the symptoms of hepatitis A and see your doctor if you get sick.
The symptoms of hepatitis A include fever, nausea, diarrhea, light-colored stool, dark-colored urine, yellow eyes and skin (jaundice), tiredness, loss of appetite, and abdominal cramps. The symptoms usually occur abruptly, from 15 to 50 days after initial infection. Symptoms can persist as long as six months, and anyone with pre-existing liver conditions can become seriously ill if infected.
Anyone who ate there March 28, 2014 must get a vaccination today. Anyone who ate there on March 29 must get a vaccination by tomorrow.
A clinic is being held today from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at 300 Mooresville Street in Kannapolis, NC. Meklenburg and Cabarrus counties are holding a joint vaccination clinic Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, 2014 at CPCC’s Cato Campus, Cato 2 Building. Please call the Cabarrus Health Alliance at 704-920-1213 for the hours of the clinics and for more information. A map of the clinic and directions can be found at the Cabarrus Health Alliance web site.