March 22, 2019

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Employees at Marks Feed Store and Panera Restaurants in Louisville, Kentucky Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

Two food service workers in Louisville, Kentucky have been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Employees at Mark's Feed Store restaurant at 11422 Shelbyville Road, and Panera restaurant at 1801 Rudy Lane in that city are sick. Anyone who ate at Mark's Feed Store from April 13 to April 17, 2018, and anyone who ate at Panera from April 12 to April 28, 2018 may have been exposed to the pathogenic virus. There is a hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky and in several states across the country. Any food service worker who has been diagnosed with this illness cannot work without a release from a health care provider. And all employees at that establishment must be vaccinated, and sanitation practices are followed. If you … [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...]

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