February 15, 2019

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at City Billiards in Aiken, SC

An employee at City Billiards in Aiken, South Carolina has tested positive for the hepatitis A virus, according to a news release by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Anyone who ate there from January 22, 2019 to February 5, 2019 may have been exposed to the pathogen. The Health Department is working with that facility to investigate exposures and have arranged vaccinations for anyone who may have been affected. The DHEC is declaring a hepatitis outbreak in Aiken County. Last week, there was another employee who tested positive at the Aiken Brewing Company on Laurens Street in downtown Aiken. There have been 10 hepatitis A cases diagnosed in that county since December 1, 2018. The people who are sick in Aiken County did not get sick by … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Diagnosed In Employee at Crescent City Tavern in Dalton, GA

An employee at the Crescent City Tavern in downtown Dalton, Georgia has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Whitfield County Health Department. That employee, a food handler, worked while infectious during the time period of December 28, 2018 through January 31, 2019. That means that anyone who ate food or drank beverages during that time may have been exposed to the pathogenic virus. The vaccine is, however, only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. That means that it's too late for a vaccine for all patrons. But the Whitfield County Health Department, through the Child Health Program, is offering vaccines at no cost, regardless of insurance status. That facility is located at 800 Professional Boulevard in Dalton. It's always a good idea to get the … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Aiken Brewing in Aiken, SC

There was a possible hepatitis A exposure at the Aiken Brewing Company on Laurens Street South West in downtown Aiken, South Carolina, according to a press release issued by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control.  Customers who ate there between January 11 and January 26, 2019 may have been exposed to the pathogen. Anyone who ate there from January 23 through January 26, 2019 can get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination. Those shots are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. All other customers need to monitor themselves for the symptoms of hepatitis A and see a doctor if they appear. Those symptoms include abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice), pale stools, and dark urine. … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Exposure At Kentucky Ave. Burger King in Indianapolis

A worker at the Burger King at 3311 South Kentucky Avenue, near Mann Road in Indianapolis has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. Anyone who ate at that facility from January 21 through January 24, 2019 may have been exposed to the pathogenic virus. The Marion Countuy Public Health Department is hating a special clinic on Monday, February 4, 2019, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm at its South District Health Office at 7551 South Shelby Street. Anyone who visited that restaurant on the above dates can get a vaccination. People who ate there on January 21 have until today to get a shot, since the vaccine is only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. You can also get the shot at doctor's offices. The Burger King restaurant management is cooperating with public health officials and … [Read more...]

Burger King Employee in Danville, KY Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

An employee at the Burger King in Danville, Kentucky has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to Boyle County Health Department Public Health Director Blent Blevins. He told the Danville Advocate-Messenger that while there is minimal risk of contacting the virus from the restaurant, patrons who ate there between December 12, 2018 and January 1, 2019 should think about getting a vaccination. There are two vaccinations for this virus: the hepatitis A vaccine and the immune globulin vaccination. These two vaccinations are given to people depending on their age and health status. Blevins added that there is no indication that anyone who ate at the restaurant has been sick. These vaccinations are effective if given within two weeks of exposure. That means that anyone who ate … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at On the Border Grill inn Jonesboro, Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Health is warning consumers that there is a possible hepatitis A exposure at the On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantino at 2324 Red Wolf Boulevard in Jonesboro. Anyone who ate there between December 13 and December 17, 2018 may have been exposed to the pathogenic virus. Unfortunately, for all of the people who may have been exposed, it's too late to get a vaccination, since that is effective only if applied within two weeks of exposure. Still, if you are in this group, contact your healthcare provider to see if he or she thinks you should be vaccinated. The ADH is hosting two vaccine clinics. The first will be on January 4, 2019 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Craighead County Health Unit at 611 East Washington Avenue in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and the … [Read more...]

Outback Steakhouse Rivergate Employee in Nashville Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

An employee at the Outback Steakhouse Restaurant Rivergate at 1560 Gallatin Pike North in Madison, Tennessee has been diagnosed with acute hepatitis A. That person worked at the restaurant while he had symptoms December 22 to December 24, 2018. The Metro Public Health Department announced this in a press release. Madison is near Nashville. A special clinic to offer free vaccinations will be open at the Lentz Public Health Center at 2500 Charlotte Avenue in Nashville to anyone who dined at that location on those dates. You have until January 7, 2019 to be vaccinated. The clinic hours will be January 3 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; January 8 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; January 5 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and January 7 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The vaccinations are only effective if given … [Read more...]

Worker with Hepatitis A at Applebee’s in Winchester, KY

A worker at the Applebee's restaurant at 1525 West Lexington Avenue in Winchester, New York has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to a public health advisory posted by the Clark County Health Department. That person worked there from November 14 through November 25, 2018. That means it is too late to get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination, since the shot is only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. If you ate food or drank beverages there during that time period, all you can do is monitor yourself for the symptoms of hepatitis A. Those symptoms include dark urine, lethargy, clay-colored stools, fever, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice, which is yellowing of the eyes and skin. These symptoms can appear anywhere from … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Warning For Sonny’s BBQ In Richmond, KY

A hepatitis A warning has been issued by the Madison County Health Department for anyone who ate at Sonny's BBQ on Center Drive in Richmond, Kentucky between November 18 and December 1, 2018. There is a hepatitis A outbreak in that area of the country. The Health Department has been recommending hepatitis A vaccinations for everyone in the community, since a county wide outbreak was declared on October 24, 2018. Sonny's has  been cooperating with state and local health officials. It's too late to get an immune globulin or hepatitis A vaccination for anyone who ate there before November 27, 2018. Those shots are only good for two weeks after exposure. Those patrons need to contact their doctors and watch themselves for the symptoms of hepatitis A, which can appear anywhere from 15 … [Read more...]

Bauer’s Candies’ Modjeskas May Be Contaminated with Hepatitis A

The FDA has issued a public health alert about possible hepatitis A contamination in Bauer's Candies' Modjeskas. This product is individually wrapped marshmallow candy that is dipped in chocolate or caramel. A worker in the facility tested positive for hepatitis A. These Modjeskas candy products are available at retail stores throughout the country and can also be purchased through QVC and from the Bauers Candy web site. A recall with complete information will be posted when the company and the FDA are finished with it. At this time, the FDA and CDC are not aware of any cases of hepatitis A that may be related to these Modjeskas candies. Unfortunately, the disease can have a long incubation period. The risk of transmission from these candies is low, but the FDA is recommending … [Read more...]

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