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Utica Tavolo restaurant linked to Hepatitis A scare

The Oneida County Health Department tells NewsChannel 2 that an employee of Tavolo restaurant, located at 131 N. Genesee St. in Utica, has tested positive for Hepatitis A.

The Health Department says the employee worked while infectious and may have exposed people who were patrons of the restaurant. The Health Department is alerting those who either dined-in or had take-out of the potential exposure.

If you dined at the restaurant after 5 p.m. on February 22, 28, or 29, 2020 or March 6, 7, or 13, 2020, please monitor yourself for symptoms.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of Hepatitis A include:

• Yellow skin or eyes
• Loss of appetite
• Upset stomach
• Stomach pain
• Vomiting
• Fever
• Dark urine or light-colored stools
• Joint pain
• Diarrhea
• Fatigue

In addition, if you dined at the restaurant after 5 p.m. on March 6, 7, or 13, 2020, the Hepatitis A vaccine is effective if given within two weeks of exposure.

Those who consumed food prepared by the restaurant on these dates from after 5:00 p.m. must receive preventive treatment within 14 days of exposure. Please contact the Health Department at 315-798-5064 or your health care provider to receive the Hepatitis A vaccination.

Symptoms commonly appear within 28 days of exposure, with a range of 15 to 50 days. The post-exposure vaccine would not be effective for patrons who were exposed prior to March 6, 2020. If you have any of these symptoms, please contact the Health Department or your health care provider.

Family Place Restaurant and Pizza Hepatitis A Scare

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says a food handler working at the Family Place Restaurant and Pizza in Huntsville was carrying the Hepatitis A virus.

“We believe the risk of transmission is low; however, as a precaution, exposed people should monitor for signs and symptoms for 50 days,” said Dr. Colin Lee, Associate Medical Officer of Health. “The disease can result in a liver infection and can be a greater health risk for older adults and those with liver disease. The Hepatitis A vaccine is an effective protection against the disease.”

The health unit urges a Hepatitis A vaccine to anyone who worked or dined at, or had takeout from the restaurant on the following dates and times:

Feb 26: 5:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Feb 27, 28, 29, Mar 1st: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
March 4: 6 a.m. – 8 a.m.
March 7: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

The vaccine is no longer effective more than 14 days after exposure. Customers or employees should monitor for symptoms of the disease if they ate at the restaurant on these dates:

Feb 19: 5:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Feb 21: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Feb 22, 23:6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Health Unit stresses it is not a direct reflection on the restaurant, as the disease can happen at any time in any setting. Free immunization clinics are being held at the Canada Summit Centre (Active Living Centre located at the back of the Summit Centre), 20 Park Drive, Huntsville, on:

Wednesday, March 11: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 12: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, March 13: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hepatitis A is spread from person-to-person by putting something in the mouth that has been contaminated with the stool/poo of a person that has the Hepatitis A virus. The virus can contaminate food, drinks, surfaces, and everyday objects. Once infected, a person can pass the virus to others for two weeks or more before they even know they are sick.

Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus. Symptoms of Hepatitis A usually develop about four weeks after exposure to the virus, although this period can range from 15 to 50 days. Symptoms can include fever, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal discomfort, a general feeling of being unwell, followed by a few days of jaundice. People who are immunocompromised, are older, or have a pre-existing chronic liver disease are more at risk of serious illness.

For information about Hepatitis A or if you are experiencing symptoms and have dined or had takeout at this restaurant on any of the dates noted above, please call Health Connection at 721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 ext. 5875. Hours have been extended to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. You may also follow up with your primary healthcare provider.

Kentucky students need hepatitis A vaccines

The Kentucky Department for Public Health says more than a third of students haven’t received the mandated Hepatitis A vaccination.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports immunization rates released Tuesday show about 65% of the 209,904 mandated students have received the shot. The state’s target compliance rate is 85%.

Results show seniors had the lowest compliance rate at 46% and kindergartners had the highest with 84.3%.

University of Kentucky infectious disease pediatrician Dr. Sean McTigue says the compliance lag is because of general hesitancy regarding vaccines and the need for two shots. McTigue believes it’ll take “at least two years” to get everyone onboard.

Kentucky experienced a Hepatitis A outbreak in 2017, prompting the mandated vaccination. As of September, the health department says 4,943 people are infected and 61 people have died.

Yet another food service worker with Hepatitis A putting customers at risk

According to press reports, the Florida Department of Health is urging recent patrons of a restaurant at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg to get vaccinated for hepatitis A after a food service worker there tested positive for the virus.

The health department said people who visited the Derby Club at Derby Lane, 10490 Gandy Boulevard, between Sept. 16 and Sept. 18 may have been exposed to hepatitis A and recommends they get vaccinated. Recent patrons who consumed food or beverages at the restaurant between Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 15, should instead look for signs and symptoms of hepatitis A, health officials said.

Hepatitis A is a viral illness that affects the liver and causes fever, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, jaundice or yellowing of skin and eyes and dark urine.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of hepatitis A should promptly seek medical attention.

A Derby Lane representative released the following statement on the business’ behalf:

On September 23rd, management learned of a potential exposure to hepatitis A at Derby Lane from one employee who was diagnosed on Sunday, September 22nd. That employee was treated and could not return to work until they were cleared by the Florida Department of Health.

Derby Lane was considered a low-level risk; however, we took this potential exposure very seriously and worked closely with the Health Department during their investigation.

Derby Lane expects that all employees maintain the highest standards in hygiene, food safety, and on- site cleanliness and will continue to diligently monitor our staff to ensure proper protocol is being followed.
Vaccinations have been administered to Food and Beverage employees, and have been made available to all Derby Lane employees.

We also encourage our customers who dined with us in the Derby Club Restaurant Circa 1925 from September 7th thru September 18th get vaccinated as well. The vaccination is readily available at pharmacies in the Tampa Bay area, as well as at your local Health Department.

If you believe you are at risk, you can get a free vaccination at one of the following clinics on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.:

Tarpon Springs, 301 S. Disston Avenue
Clearwater, 310 N. Myrtle Avenue
Mid-County, 8751 Ulmerton Road in Largo
Pinellas Park, 6350 76th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North

Cap’n Fish’s Boothbay Harbor Boat Trips Hepatitis A Worry

State health officials are warning recent patrons of Cap’n Fish’s Boothbay Harbor Boat Trips may have be at risk for acute hepatitis A virus infection.

An announcement Saturday from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said a food service worker  prepared food while infectious from Aug. 18 through Sept. 8, and that patrons of the Boothbay Harbor business may be exposed. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease, whose symptoms can range from mild illness to severe sickness that could require hospitalization.

The business provides scenic cruises and whale-watching trips for visitors to the region.

To reduce the likelihood of illness, the Maine CDC recommends that anyone who ate, drank or worked at Boothbay Harbor Boat Trips in Maine on Sept. 2, 4, and 5 should get the hepatitis A vaccine. People with compromised immune systems, or parents of children younger than 12 months, should consult a health care provider about receiving hepatitis A immune globulin.

People who visited the Cap’n Fish’s Boothbay Harbor Boat Trips on Aug. 19, 21, 22, 23 24, 26, 28, 29 and 30 could have been exposed but are outside the window for which the vaccine could help prevent illness from this exposure, said the Maine CDC. Those individuals should watch for symptoms and seek medical attention if they develop any symptoms.

The state agency is working with the business owner and local health care providers to notify affected parties and minimize risk of further exposure.

Two Hepatitis A scares at restaurants in two States

The investigation by the Douglas County Health Department Missouri found that this employee worked while infectious Aug. 30-31. Ruby Garden is working with Douglas County Health Department to prevent any new illnesses from arising in the community because of this case.

While it is uncommon for restaurant patrons to become infected with hepatitis A virus due to an infected food handler, anyone who consumed food or drink at Ruby Garden during the dates of Aug. 30-31 is recommended to receive the hepatitis A vaccination within 14 days following the exposure as further protection from becoming ill. Persons who are concerned about the hepatitis A outbreak but did not consume food or drink at the Ruby Garden during the dates noted are asked not to come to the vaccination clinics scheduled for patrons of the restaurant. For any questions or to schedule an appointment, contact the Douglas County Health Department at 417-683-4213.

The Douglas County Health Department will be providing vaccinations at no cost for patrons of Ruby Garden who consumed food or drink during the dates of Aug. 30-31, at 608 NW 12th Ave, Ava, Mo. 65608 on:

  • Saturday, Sept. 7; 9-11 a.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 9; 9-11 a.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 9; 1-4 p.m.

In Indiana, Linton’s Long John Silvers closed voluntarily Thursday for cleaning after an employee tested positive for Hepatitis A, according to Greene County health officials.

The Greene County Health Department determined the “risk of infection is very low for patrons who visited the restaurant earlier this month,” according to a statement released Thursday.

Health officials say they have been working with the establishment at 1600 A Street NE, since Tuesday to confirm an infected employee, and to ensure proper cleaning measures are taken.

The investigation concluded Wednesday afternoon with the Indiana State Department of Health determining this was a low-risk situation.

Anyone who consumed food or drink at these restaurants are also asked to:

  1. Monitor their health for symptoms of hepatitis A infection up to 50 days after exposure.
  2. Wash their hands with soap and warm water frequently and thoroughly, especially after using the bathroom and before preparing food.
  3. Stay at home and contact their health care provider immediately if symptoms of hepatitis A infection develop.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can cause loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, stomach pain, brown colored urine, and light-colored stools. Yellowing of the skin or eyes might also occur. People can become ill up to 7 weeks after being exposed to the virus. If you think you have symptoms of hepatitis A, you should contact your health care provider.

Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool (poop) from an infected person. Careful hand washing with soap and water, including under the fingernails, after using the bathroom or changing diapers and before preparing or eating food will help prevent the spread of this disease.

Boise Restaurant link in Hepatitis A worry

Hepatitis A case confirmed in food service worker employed at Saint Lawrence Gridiron, located at 705 W. Bannock Street in Boise

The food service employee worked various days and shifts during the period they were contagious. Based on the infectious period of hepatitis A, anyone who ate at Saint Lawrence Gridiron on the following dates should check their immunization records to see if they have received a hepatitis A vaccine:

June 21, 22, 23, 24 (2019)
June 27, 28, 29, 30 (2019)
July 1 (2019)
July 5, 6, 7, 8 (2019)
July 11, 12, 13, 14, (2019)

The risk of becoming infected with hepatitis A through an infected food service worker is low but CDHD encourages anyone who ate on any of the dates identified, and has not received a hepatitis A vaccine, or is unsure about their vaccine status, to consider getting vaccinated. CDHD is offering free hepatitis A vaccine to anyone who ate at this restaurant on an identified date listed above. Call 208-321-2222 to make an appointment at CDHD.

In order for the hepatitis A vaccine to help prevent possible transmission, patrons must get the vaccine within two weeks of the date they may have been exposed.

Those with questions about their immunization record, who wish to make a vaccine appointment or have questions related to hepatitis A and potential exposure at this restaurant may call 208-321-2222.

Potentially exposed patrons should also watch for symptoms of hepatitis A which may include abdominal pain, dark urine, fatigue, fever, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), light-colored stools, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. Hepatitis A symptoms typically develop around 4 weeks after exposure if you have been infected. If symptoms occur, seek medical attention.

Hepatitis A scare at Missouri Jack in the Box

The Franklin County Health Department is planning mass vaccinations after learning an employee who works at the Jack in the Box located at the Bourbeuse River Access in Union, Missouri had Hepatitis A while serving customers.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said the employee handled food on June 9 and June 10.

Hepatitis A  is a viral infection of the liver that can cause loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, and stomach pain. It’s usually spread when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks that have been contaminated. Franklin County health officials have conducted several inspections of the Jack in the Box since the problem was discovered.

Health officials said it is uncommon for restaurant customers to become infected with Hepatitis A due to an infected food handler. However, anyone who consumed food or drinks at the restaurant on June 9 or June 10 is recommended to receive vaccination by June 23 as further protection from becoming ill.

Free vaccinations will be given out at the Franklin County Health Department headquarters at 414 East Main Street in Union on June 21 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and June 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Three restaurants in a few days with Hepatitis A issues?

Customers who ate at Popeyes on York Street in Aiken may have been exposed to hepatitis A, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control. DHEC was notified on June 17 that an employee in the restaurant tested positive for hepatitis A, according to a press release. Customers who ate at Popeyes, located at 954 York Street, between May 29 and June 12 may have been exposed to the virus.

In addition, diners at Harbour Town Yacht Club, located in Sea Pines, could have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus in the past month, a S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control news release says. DHEC was notified June 17 about an employee at the event venue who tested positive for the virus, a release says. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver virus. The employee worked at a social on June 8, a dinner on June 13 and a wedding party on June 14, the release says.

A food service worker at Village Pizza Restaurant in Spring Hill Florida has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Florida Department of Health in Hernando County (DOH-Hernando). Anyone who ate at the restaurant between May 29 and June 5 may have been exposed, according to DOH-Hernando officials. The restaurant is located at 4070 Deltona Boulevard in Spring Hill.

Health officials said the employee may have been infectious during those dates. Anyone who consumed food or drinks at the restaurant and has not been vaccinated for hepatitis A should consider getting vaccinated, they said. Those who have previously received the hepatitis A vaccine “does not need to take additional action,” according to a press release.

Proms – with Hepatitis A – to Remember

A worker at a country club in Spring Hill may have exposed people, including high school students, to hepatitis A.

The Department of Health in Hernando County says someone working in food service at the Silverthorn Country Club Restaurant has tested positive for the disease.

Both Central and Springstead High Schools may have had their proms at Silverthorn during the dates in question, according to the school’s Facebook pages.

A vaccine can help protect you if you get it within two weeks and the health department is recommending anyone who ate or drank there during those dates should get one.

DOH-Hernando is also offering the hepatitis A vaccine for free at the Spring Hill location of the Health Department with extended hours May 1-3 and May 6-8 until 7 p.m.

From 2018 through May 1, 2019, there have been 41 confirmed cases of hepatitis A. In Hillsborough, there have been 165 cases. Pasco has reported 267 cases and Pinellas County has seen 319 cases.

Officials in Hernando County said 128 people came to get vaccinated at the health department after the Silverthorn case was announced.

Doctors suggest getting the vaccine if people exhibit the following symptoms: fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, light-colored stools, joint pain, and jaundice, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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