October 20, 2018

Employee at Wendy’s in Ripley, WV Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

An employee at the Wendy's restaurant in Ripley, West Virginia was diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to news reports. There is no information about this issue on the Jackson County Health Department website, although the health officer of that agency is quoted in articles. The employee worked between September 14 and September 24, 2018. Anyone who ate at that Wendy's restaurant during that time period may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus. Dr. I John Snyder, Jackson County health officer, said in a statement, "While the risk of contracting Hepatitis A from visiting this restaurant is very low, people who have not been vaccinated against Hepatitis A and who consumed food at the restaurant between Sept. 14, 2018, and Sept. 24, 2018, should consider getting the … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Exposure at Michigan Renaissance Festival

A possible hepatitis A exposure at the Michigan Renaissance Festival was reported to the Oakland County Health Division. An attendee has a confirmed case and was ill while attending the festival on September 1, 2018. Anyone who visited that attraction on September 1 or September 2, 2018 has two days to get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination. That vaccine is only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. If you visited the Michigan Renaissance Festival on those days, officials encourage you to get vaccinated. Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for the Health Division said in a statement, "Vaccination can prevent the disease if given within 14 days after potential exposure. f you have attended the Michigan Renaissance Festival during these dates and have not been … [Read more...]

Customers at The New Yorker Restaurant in Salt Lake City Exposed to Hepatitis A

According to news reports, hundreds of customers at The New Yorker Restaurant at 60 West Market Street in Salt Lake City, Utah may have been exposed to hepatitis A. An ill worker "potentially handled certain food or beverage items," from July 25 through August 15, 2018 at the restaurant. About 650 people may be at risk for this illness. Unfortunately, that time frame is outside the two week window where a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination is effective. August 15, 2018 was almost four weeks ago. The vaccine only works when given within fourteen days of exposure. All patrons of that restaurant can do now is monitor themselves for the symptoms of hepatitis A. Those symptoms include jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin), vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss, pain in … [Read more...]

Employee at McDonald’s in Owenton, Kentucky Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

An employee at the McDonald's at 506 South Main Street in Owenton, Kentucky has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to a press release from the Three Rivers District Health Department. Officials recommend that people in Carroll, Gallatin, Owen, and Pendleton Counties get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccine. That employee worked at that facility from August 16 through August 27, 2018. That is within the two week time frame when a vaccine can help protect against the disease. If you or anyone you know ate at that McDonald's restaurant during that time frame, they should get a shot. The McDonald's management is cooperating with this investigation. The restaurant has been disinfected and employees told to get vaccinations and to tell management if they are … [Read more...]

Miami Township Taco Bell Employee Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

An employee of the Miami Township Taco Bell restaurant, which is located at 889 State Route 28 in Milford, Ohio has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to Clermont County Public Health. That employee worked at that restaurant on August 15, 16, and 17, 2018. It's still early enough that anyone who ate at that restaurant on those days can get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination to prevent this illness. The type of vaccination given depends on several factors, including the age of the patient and their health. For instance, anyone who has chronic liver disease or is immunocompromised would receive the immune globulin vaccine. These vaccines are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure to the pathogenic virus. The restaurant has been cooperating with the … [Read more...]

Five Food Service Workers Diagnosed With Hepatitis A Illnesses in the Charleston, West Virginia Area

Five food service workers in the Charleston, West Virginia area have been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to a news release issued by the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. One worker has been identified at each facility at the McDonald’s at 64 Patrick Street in Charleston, Pizza Hut at 603 Third Street in Saint Albans, Paul’s Poplar Park Drive Inn at 9850 Teays Valley Road in Scott Depot, Sakura at 230 Nitro Place in Cross Lanes, and Sam’s Club at 2500 Mountaineer Boulevard in South Charleston. These illnesses are linked to the nationwide hepatitis A outbreak that has sickened hundreds in the U.S. this year. Family members and coworkers are being vaccinated against the pathogenic virus. The infectious periods when the employees were working with food are: McDonald’s, … [Read more...]

Vaccinations Against Hepatitis A Spike After Worker Diagnosed at Hardee’s in Mecklenburg County, NC

Hundreds of people have been vaccinated against hepatitis A in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, after a worker at a Hardee's restaurant was diagnosed with hepatitis A. Mecklenburg County Public Health opened two clinics to vaccinate people this week with the hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccine. As of 3:30 pm on June 27, 2018, 895 people had been vaccinated against the pathogenic virus. The clinics are located at Public Health’s 249 Billingsley Road and 2845 Beatties Ford Road locations. Hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Starting on Friday and continuing hrough the weekend, hepatitis A vaccination clinics will be held at the Hal Marshall Center at 700 North Tryon Street.  Hours for that clinic are 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Public … [Read more...]

West Virginia Officials Recommend Hepatitis A Vaccinations For Food Service Workers

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) is requesting that the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department provide hepatitis A vaccination clinics for restaurant and food service employees in those counties. Most of the cases in the hepatitis A outbreak that has plagued West Virginia have occurred in those counties. Dr. Rahul Gupta, State Health Officer and Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health said in a statement, "I am issuing a strong recommendation to all Kanawha and Putnam County food service vendors and restaurants to have their employees vaccinated for hepatitis A, since national data indicate that drug use among the food service industry is about 19.1 percent. Because of the high incidence of drug use reported in West Virginia and among the food … [Read more...]

O’Charley’s Food Service Worker in Charleston West Virginia Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

A food service worker at O'Charley's restaurant at 70 RHL Boulevard in Charleston, West Virginia has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. This is the third investigation involving a food facility since the hepatitis A outbreak began in that state in February 2018. The employee stopped working after the diagnosis, but did work during the time period of April 27 through May 11, 2018. With this illness, people are infectious for two weeks before they even begin displaying symptoms. As a precaution, coworkers at the restaurant have received hepatitis A shots. Inspectors were on site at the establishment and observed food handling procedures. The department of environmental health services did not identify any unsafe food handling … [Read more...]

Employees at Two Louisville, Kentucky Restaurants Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

Employees at two restaurants in Louisville, Kentucky have been diagnosed with hepatitis A, a very contagious virus that affects the liver. Those employees worked with food at the Domino's Pizza at 10000 Brownsboro Road, and at Old Chicago Pizza and Tap Room at 9013 Taylorsville Road. Anyone who ate at that Domino's from April 15 to April 28, 2018, and anyone who ate at that Old Chicago restaurant from April 21 to May 5, 2018 may have been exposed to the pathogenic virus. But since the hepatitis A and immune globulin vaccinations are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure, it's too late for a shot for anyone who ate at those locations before May 1, 2018. All those people can do is watch themselves for the symptoms of hepatitis A and visit their doctor if they do … [Read more...]

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