October 17, 2019

Brother’s Produce in NJ Employee Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

The New Jersey Department of Health is working with the Paterson Department of Health to notify people about a confirmed case of hepatitis A in a food handler employed at Brother's Produce in Paterson. That business is located at 327 East Railway Avenue in Paterson, New Jersey 07503. That person worked there between September 30 and October 5, 2019. Public health officials are recommending that any produce purchased from that venue during that time period should be discarded. Clean out your produce drawer or wherever you stored this produce with a mild bleach solution. If you ate produce purchased from Brother's Produce during that time period, you should consider getting a hepatitis A vaccination if you ate the produce within the last two weeks. The hepatitis A and immune … [Read more...]

Salmonella and Hepatitis A Outbreak at Crow Wing County Jail in MN

A Salmonella and Hepatitis A outbreak at the Crow Wing County Jail in Minnesota has been announced by the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office. The number of those sickened has not yet been released. We also do not know the ages of patients or whether or not anyone has been hospitalized. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office Jail Division was notified on September 26, 2019 that one inmate tested positive for hepatitis A. This virus is very contagious, and can be spread person-to-person, through contact with surfaces, and through contaminated food and drink. Officials do not know the source for the virus. Jail medical services staff, Crow Wing County Pubic Health, and Guide Point Pharmacy of Brainerd, Minnesota have been vaccinating inmates and employees who may have been exposed to … [Read more...]

Worker Diagnosed With Hepatitis A At Yumcious Donuts in Philadelphia

A food worker at Yumcious Donuts at the Quick Stop at 3001 Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to news reports. That person worked at that location between August 20, 2019 and September 4, 2019. While the risk of contracting the illness is "very low" according to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, they are recommending that anyone who ate there within the last two weeks get vaccinated against the pathogenic virus. Unfortunately, at this time everyone who ate there when the worker was contagious is past the two week window when the vaccine is effective. If you have been vaccinated against hepatitis A in the past or have had the illness you are likely immune. Call your doctor and discuss this if you are concerned … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Waffle House in Goose Creek, SC

A food worker at the Waffle House, located at 120 South Goose Creek Boulevard in Goose Creek, South Carolina was diagnosed with hepatitis A. Anyone who ate there between August 24 and September 13, 2019 may have been exposed. The restaurant is located in Berkeley County. This is not a foodborne illness outbreak; people infected with the hepatitis A virus are very contagious for two weeks before they even know they are sick. While the risk of contracting hepatitis A in these situations is low, it can happen. Waffle House is working with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to address this issue. Unfortunately, anyone who ate there before September 4, 2019 is no longer eligible for the immune globulin or hepatitis A vaccine, since the shot is only … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A in Food Worker at Dixie Depot Courtyard Lane Deli

A food worker of Dixie Depot Courtyard Lane deli, located at 6241 Highway 613 in Lucedale, Mississippi, has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. Anyone who ate there during the following dates and times may have been exposed to the virus. That employee was at the facility from August 19-21, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm; from August 23-24, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm; and from August 26-31, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm. MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said in a statement, "While the risk of transmission is likely low, the management and staff of Dixie Depot are cooperating with us to prevent new illnesses as a result of this exposure. We recommend that anyone who ate at this restaurant during these times should … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A in Food Worker at Cracker Barrel in Bridgeport, MI

A food worker at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant and Old County Store at 6450 Dixie Highway in Bridgeport, Michigan has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Saginaw County Health Department. That person worked there from August 25 through August 28, 2019. Anyone who visited that facility during that time frame may have been exposed to the virus. Everyone who visited the Cracker Barrel restaurant at that location on the above dates can get a hepatitis A vaccine, since the time frame for administering the hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination is within the first two weeks of exposure. The vaccine is available at the Saginaw County Health Department and is also available at some pharmacies and through your doctor. You can find the hours of the vaccine clinics by … [Read more...]

Food Worker at TA Travel Centre in Woodstock, ON Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

According to Southwestern Public Heath in Ontario, Canada, a food worker at the TA Travel Centre at 535 Mill Street in Woodstock, Ontario has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. The worker was at the restaurant between August 6 and August 22, 2019. Anyone who ate at that restaurant during that time frame may have been exposed to the virus. Officials are not aware of any illnesses that have developed as a result of this possible exposure. They are recommending that anyone who ate at that venue during that time frame contact their doctor to inquire about a hepatitis A vaccination. Those people can also call Southwestern Public Health's dedicated hepatitis A line at 1-800-922-0096 x 5 weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. A public nurse will answer questions. Elaine Reddick, Manager of … [Read more...]

Food Worker at Imperial Kitchen in Philadelphia Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

A food worker at Imperial Kitchen, located at 3164 Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Anyone who purchased food from Imperial Kitchen between July 21 and August 6, 2019 may have been exposed to the pathogenic virus. Those vaccines are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. Anyone who was ate at Imperial Kitchen more than two weeks ago may no longer be eligible for a vaccine; check with your doctor to make sure. The health department is offering the hepatitis A vaccine at no cost on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at McPherson Square Park. You can contact the health department at 215-685-6741 during business hours if you have … [Read more...]

Food Worker at Ashiya Teriyaki in Lynwood, WA Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

A food worker at Ashiya Teriyaki, located at 1233 164th Street Southwest in Lynnwood, Washington, has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. The Snohomish Health District closed the restaurant on August 15, 2019. Anyone who ate at that venue between August 2 and August 15, 2019 may have been exposed to the virus. Officials say that this case doesn't seem to be linked to the hepatitis A outbreak in Washington state. Unfortunately, it's too late for anyone who ate at Ashiya Teriyaki before August 6, 2019 to receive an immune globulin or hepatitis A vaccination, since those vaccines are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. Those people should watch for the symptoms of hepatitis A and contact their doctor if they get sick. All other clients should contact their doctors for … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A In Food Worker at Two Idaho Restaurants

Two workers at two different restaurants in southwestern Idaho have been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Central District Health Department. There is a hepatitis A outbreak in that state that has been ongoing since January 2019. One of the sick food workers was at Red Robin at 211 West Parkcenter Boulevard in Boise, and the other worked at the Frontier Club at 116 East Broadway Avenue in Meridian, Idaho. If you were at customer at either of those venues on these dates listed below, ask your doctor about getting a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination. The Frontier Club employee worked these days and shifts while contagious: Friday, August 2 from 9 pm to close (approx. 2 am) Saturday, August 3 from 9 pm to close (approx. 2 am) The Red Robin employee … [Read more...]

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