The Southwest Utah Public Health Department has confirmed that a food handler working at the Pizza Cart in Cedar City, Utah has tested positive for hepatitis A. That means that anyone who ate at that restaurant from April 29 through June 1, 2015 may have been exposed to the virus.
Anyone previously vaccinated for hepatitis A is protected. Unvaccinated customers who ate there from May 20 through June 1, 2015 should receive a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination. This vaccine is only good for two weeks after the initial exposure.
If you ate at the restaurant April 29th through May 19, 2015, monitor yourself for the symptoms of hepatitis A. They include jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin), fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. If you do get sick, see your doctor. Most people recover from this illness on their own, but some people, especially those with liver disease, need to be hospitalized.
There are no other confirmed cases of hepatitis A relating to this restaurant. The restaurant is open for business.
Vaccinations will be available at the Southwest Utah Public Health Department at 260 East DL Sargent Drive. The hours are 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday Wednesday and Thursday; 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm Tuesday; and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday. Bring your immunization records, picture ID, and insurance card. If you don’t have insurance, the cost is $75 for those over age 19, and $50 for those 18 years and under. No appointment is needed to get a vaccination, but allow 30 minutes for your visit.