August 19, 2018

Five Food Service Workers Diagnosed With Hepatitis A Illnesses in the Charleston, West Virginia Area

Five food service workers in the Charleston, West Virginia area have been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to a news release issued by the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. One worker has been identified at each facility at the McDonald’s at 64 Patrick Street in Charleston, Pizza Hut at 603 Third Street in Saint Albans, Paul’s Poplar Park Drive Inn at 9850 Teays Valley Road in Scott Depot, Sakura at 230 Nitro Place in Cross Lanes, and Sam’s Club at 2500 Mountaineer Boulevard in South Charleston. These illnesses are linked to the nationwide hepatitis A outbreak that has sickened hundreds in the U.S. this year. Family members and coworkers are being vaccinated against the pathogenic virus. The infectious periods when the employees were working with food are: McDonald’s, … [Read more...]

West Virginia Officials Recommend Hepatitis A Vaccinations For Food Service Workers

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) is requesting that the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department provide hepatitis A vaccination clinics for restaurant and food service employees in those counties. Most of the cases in the hepatitis A outbreak that has plagued West Virginia have occurred in those counties. Dr. Rahul Gupta, State Health Officer and Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health said in a statement, "I am issuing a strong recommendation to all Kanawha and Putnam County food service vendors and restaurants to have their employees vaccinated for hepatitis A, since national data indicate that drug use among the food service industry is about 19.1 percent. Because of the high incidence of drug use reported in West Virginia and among the food … [Read more...]

O’Charley’s Food Service Worker in Charleston West Virginia Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

A food service worker at O'Charley's restaurant at 70 RHL Boulevard in Charleston, West Virginia has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. This is the third investigation involving a food facility since the hepatitis A outbreak began in that state in February 2018. The employee stopped working after the diagnosis, but did work during the time period of April 27 through May 11, 2018. With this illness, people are infectious for two weeks before they even begin displaying symptoms. As a precaution, coworkers at the restaurant have received hepatitis A shots. Inspectors were on site at the establishment and observed food handling procedures. The department of environmental health services did not identify any unsafe food handling … [Read more...]

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