September 25, 2018

Two Businesses in Arkansas Had Food Handlers Work While Infected with Hepatitis A

Two businesses in Arkansas have had food handlers work while they were infectious with hepatitis A. The Arkansas Department of Health has issued two press releases about these cases. If you have eaten at these establishments, it's crucial that you get a vaccination against this pathogenic virus within two weeks of exposure. The shots are only good within that time frame. The first business is the Flash Market/Subway at 105 North Missouri Avenue in Corning. That person worked between March 30 and April 17, 2018. If you ate there before April 11, it's too late for a shot. All you can do is monitor yourself for the symptoms of this illness and see your doctor if they appear. So far this year, 12 cases of hepatitis A infections have been reported in Clay County. Four of those … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure for Customers of Edible Arrangements in Murray, Utah

A food worker at Edible Arrangements at 5211 South State Street in Murray, Utah has been diagnosed with hepatitis A,¬†according to a press release issued by the Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD). That person worked between March 21 and April 13, 2018. Health officials think that this store sold about 600 arrangements of fruit during this time period. The store was closed on April 17 and sanitation will occur, under the supervision of the Department of Health. All store employees must be vaccinated before they return to work. Anyone who ate any food prepared at that location during that time period may have been exposed to the pathogenic virus. If you are one of those people, call 385-468-4636 for further instructions. The phone line will be staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 … [Read more...]

McDonald’s Worker in Berea, Kentucky Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

The Madison County Health Department in Kentucky is investigating a single case of hepatitis A in a food worker who worked while infectious at the McDonald's restaurant on Glades Road in Berea, Kentucky. Anyone who ate there on March 23, 2018 should contact their doctor about this issue. Unfortunately, it's too late for anyone to get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination, since they are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. It's been three weeks, or 21 days, since the possible exposure. People may already be sick, and could still get sick for the next month, since the illness manifests two weeks to 50 days after exposure to the virus. McDonald's is cooperating with state and local health officials. The risk to patrons is low, but this virus is extremely … [Read more...]

Food Worker at Ken’s Express Mart in Ashland, Kentucky Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

A food employee at Ken's Express Mart at 954 29th Street in Ashland, Kentucky has been diagnosed with hepatitis a, according to news reports. That person prepared fresh food at the fresh food counter at that facility. Anyone who ate fresh food from that store from March 22 through April 7, 2018, may have been exposed to the pathogenic virus. If you did eat food from that venue before March 28, 2018, it's too late for a vaccination. All you can do is monitor yourself for the symptoms of hepatitis A for the next few weeks. Those symptoms include fatigue, no appetite, stomach pain, nausea, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), clay-colored stools, and dark urine. Symptoms typically appear within two weeks to 50 days after exposure to the bacteria. If you ate there on March … [Read more...]

Waffle House Worker in Boyd County, Kentucky Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

One person who worked at two Waffle House locations in Boyd County in northeastern Kentucky has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to a Public Health Advisory posted on the Ashland-Boy County Health Department Facebook page. The employee worked at both locations while he was infectious. The window of possible exposure was February 12 through February 28, 2018. The Waffle House owner and employees have cooperated fully with the local and state health officials to try to identify all possible employee contacts. Employees are receiving hepatitis A vaccinations. Anyone who ate at those restaurants before February 22, 2018 is now longer eligible for a shot. All those persons can do is monitor themselves for the symptoms of hepatitis A and see their doctors. Hepatitis A and … [Read more...]

Kroger Employee in One Louisville, Kentucky Store Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

A Kroger employee who worked at a store at 4915 Dixie Highway in Louisville was diagnosed with hepatitis A. That person worked there from February 4 through ¬†February 28, 2018, potentially exposing many people. Any produce purchased at that store during that time frame shold be thrown away. No notice about this has been posted at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, but a notice about the multi-county outbreak of hepatitis A was posted, stating that there have been 117 cases of the illness this year, most in the Jefferson County/Louisville area. In a typical year, only about 20 cases are reported. The virus is highly contagious. It is passed from person to person through the fecal-oral route, which means that if an infected person doesn't wash their hands well … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Warning for Red Lobster Patrons in Novi, Michigan

An employee of a Red Lobster restaurant at 27760 Novi Road in Novi, Michigan has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Oakland County Health Division. Anyone who ate there between January 14 and February 14, 2018 may have been exposed to the pathogenic virus. Vaccinations are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. That means that anyone who ate food or drank beverages at that facility before February 5, 2018 is no longer eligible for a shot. All you can do is monitor yourself for eat symptoms of hepatitis A and see your doctor if they develop. Those symptoms include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), lethargy, loss of appetite, weight loss, clay colored stools, dark urine, and diarrhea. Most people get sick between two weeks and 50 days after … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Warning to Consumers of Corning, Arkansas Taco Bell

A food worker at the Taco Bell at 200 North Missouri Avenue in Corning, Arkansas has been diagnosed with hepatitis A,¬†according to a notice from the Arkansas Department of Health. Anyone who has eaten food at this location between January 24 and February 7, 2018 may have been exposed to the pathogenic virus. The time limit for a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination is just 2 weeks from the date of exposure. That means that anyone who ate there on February 1, 2018 and earlier is no longer eligible for a shot. All you can do is watch yourself for the symptoms of this illness and see your doctor if they develop. Anyone who is under one year of age should get an immune globulin shot from a doctor. Anyone who is between one year and 40 years and has never been vaccinated should … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Restaurant and Senior Living Center in Erie County, NY

Food workers at a restaurant and senior living center in Erie County, New York have been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Health Department. Anyone who consumed foods and/or beverages from Al-e-oops Restaurant at 5389 Genessee Street in Lancaster, New York, or from the Brookdale Senior Living Community at 6076 Main Street in Williamsville, New York may be at risk. For people who visited the Al-e-oops Restaurant, the critical dates are between January 27, 2018 through January 30, 2018. For people who ate at the Brookdale Senior Living Community, the dates are January 23, 2018 through January 31, 2018. Since the hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccinations are only good if given within two weeks of exposure, anyone who ate at those facilities before January 24, 2018 is not … [Read more...]

Worker at Southgate, Michigan Restaurant Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

A food worker at Downriver Coney Island in Southgate, Michigan has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Wayne County Department of Health. That restaurant is located at 13760 Eureka Road. The worker had listed food handling responsibilities at the facility. The owners immediately had all of their staff members vaccinated. The restaurant was inspected earlier this week and has remained open. That worker worked at the restaurant January 2 through January 14, 2018. The hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination is only effective at preventing this illness if given within two weeks of exposure. That means that anyone who visited the restaurant before January 11, 2018 is no longer eligible for a shot. All those people can do is to monitor themselves for the symptoms of … [Read more...]

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