September 15, 2019

Worker at Roadhouse 100 in Gray Summit, Missouri Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

A food worker at Roadhouse 100 in Gray Summit, Missouri has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to news reports. Anyone who ate at that restaurant between June 23 and July 5, 2019 should contact their doctor and inquire about a possible vaccination against the virus, or visit the local health department for a free vaccine. The Franklin County Health Department is conducting an investigation. Today is the last day that patrons who visited that venue can receive either an immune globulin or hepatitis A vaccination, since the vaccines are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. People who were at that facility but didn't eat food or drink beverages are asked not to come to the vaccination clinics that the county has scheduled. The Franklin County Health … [Read more...]

Lawrenceville GA Wendy’s Restaurant Worker Tests Positive For Hepatitis A

A food worker at the Wendy's at 165 Scenic Highway in Lawrenceville, Georgia, near Atlanta, has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Gwinnett County Health Department. That person worked there between June 13 and June 29, 2019. The departmental statement reads, "It is relatively rare for restaurant patrons to become infected with hepatitis A virus due to an infected food handler. But anyone who consumed food or drink at the Wendy’s during the above dates should contact their healthcare provider or their local Health Department to determine if a hepatitis A immunization is needed to prevent the disease." The Gwinnett County Health Department is offering hepatitis A vaccinations for no out-of-pocket cost for anyone who thinks they may have been exposed. Call the … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A in Food Worker at Piccolo Italian Market & Deli in Sarasota, FL

A food worker at the Piccolo Italian Market & Deli at 6518 Gateway Avenue in Sarasota, Florida has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Sarasota County Health Department. Laboratory confirmation of the illness was received on July 3, 2019. That person worked at the Piccolo Italian Market between June 21 and June 29, 2019. That means that anyone who ate food or drank beverages at the restaurant on June 21, 22, and 23rd is no longer eligible for a hepatitis A vaccination. The vaccines are only effective if given with two weeks of exposure. If you ate there on June 24 to the 29th, 2019, you should call your doctor about being vaccinated or visit your local county health department. Sarasota County Health Department is offering the vaccine at their main office at … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Genghis Grill Restaurant in Tempe, AZ

Possible hepatitis A exposure has occurred at the Genghis Grill restaurant in Tempe Marketplace at 2000 East Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe, Arizona, according to the Maricopa County Health Department. Anyone who ate there on May 30, June 1, June 5, June 6, June 7, June 8, June 13, June 14, June 15, and June 18, 2019 may have been exposed to the virus. If you ate there on any day not listed, you were not exposed. Unfortunately, since the vaccinations against this virus are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure, only people who ate there on June 18, 2019 can receive a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination today, July 2, 2019. If you ate there on that date and do not have health insurance, call Maricopa County to locate a county vaccination clinic. Tell the clinic you … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Huddle House in Camden, South Carolina

Possible hepatitis A exposure has occurred at the Huddle House at 1029 West Dekalb Street in Camden, South Carolina, according to the  South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Anyone who ate there between June 14 and June 28, 2019 may have been exposed to the virus. This is not a foodborne outbreak, but a notice to inform patrons that they should talk to their doctors about possible vaccination against hepatitis A. The risk of contracting the infection is low, but exists. Since the hepatitis A and immune globulin vaccinations are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure, anyone who ate or drank at the Huddle House before June 18, 2019 is no longer eligible. All those people can do is monitor their health for the symptoms of hepatitis A, which … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Two South Carolina Restaurants

Two employees at two different restaurants in South Carolina have been diagnosed with hepatitis A, possibly exposing customers to the virus, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The restaurants are Harbour Town Yacht Club at 140 Lighthouse Road on Hilton Head Island, and Popeyes at 954 York Street Northeast in Aiken. Dr. Linda Bell, state epidemiologist, said this is not a foodborne outbreak, but that officials are concerned that the infected food handlers may have contaminated food or beverages. An employee of the Harbour Town Yacht Club worked at three events where customers could have been exposed. They are a social on June 8, 2019, a dinner on June 13, and a wedding party on June 14. All of those dates are within the two week window … [Read more...]

More Frozen Berries Recalled For Hepatitis A; Townsend Farms, Costco

Townsend Farms has notified Costco that an FDA test found that a domestic conventional frozen blackberry product that was manufactured by Townsend Farms may be contaminated with hepatitis A.  The FDA issued a food safety alert about Kroger frozen blackberries and frozen berry medley for the same issue earlier this week. That alert has been updated with more information. Townsend Farms is the supplier for the Kroger frozen berry products and for the newly announced recalled product: frozen Kirkland Signature Three Berry Blend product sold by Costco. The recalled frozen Kirkland Signature brand Three Berry Blend was sold from the Costco stores in San Diego and Los Angeles in California and in Hawaii. The berries were sold in a 4 pound bag. The best by dates range from February 16, … [Read more...]

FDA Issues Public Health Alert About Hepatitis A in Kroger Frozen Blackberries

The FDA has issued a health alert about hepatitis A in Kroger frozen blackberries. This product was sold under the Kroger grocery store "Private Selection" brand. The problem was discovered by the FDA under an ongoing frozen berry sampling assignment for hepatitis A and norovirus. This sampling program was launched after three hepatitis outbreaks and one norovirus outbreak were linked to frozen berries from 1997 to 2016. Just two of those hepatitis outbreaks sickened more than 300 people in the United States. The recalled products include: PRIVATE SELECTION FROZEN TRIPLE BERRY MEDLEY, 48 OZ (BEST BY: 07-07-20; UPC: 0001111079120); PRIVATE SELECTION FROZEN TRIPLE BERRY MEDLEY, 16 OZ (BEST BY: 06-19-20; UPC: 0001111087808); PRIVATE SELECTION FROZEN BLACKBERRIES, 16 OZ (BEST … [Read more...]

Kroger Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley Recalled For Hepatitis A

The Kroger Company is recalling Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley because the product may be contaminated with the hepatitis A virus. No illnesses have been reported to date. It can take up to 50 days after exposure to this virus for symptoms to appear. The recalled products are: PRIVATE SELECTION FROZEN TRIPLE BERRY MEDLEY, 48 OZ (BEST BY: 07-07-20; UPC: 0001111079120); PRIVATE SELECTION FROZEN TRIPLE BERRY MEDLEY, 16 OZ (BEST BY: 06-19-20; UPC: 0001111087808); PRIVATE SELECTION FROZEN BLACKBERRIES, 16 OZ (BEST BY: 06-19-20, 07-02-20; UPC: 0001111087809) These items were distributed to all of the Kroger stores and Kroger owned stores nationwide. Kroger has removed these items from store shelves, but it's likely that some of these frozen berries are in … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Teriyaki Japan in North Augusta, SC

Customers who ate at Teriyaki Japan on Edgefield Road in North Augusta, South Carolina may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus, according to a news release by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Anyone who ate food or drank beverages between May 14 and May 28, 2019 could have been exposed to the virus. Dr. Linda Bell, state epidemiologist, said in a statement, "The concern here is not the restaurant. It is with a food handler who has hepatitis A infection." The risk of contracting the illness is low, but it still exists. "As a precaution, in these situations, vaccination should be considered for individuals who were exposed during the time the food handler was contagious," she added. Anyone who ate there after May 17, 2019 can no longer get … [Read more...]

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