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Lone Star Steakhouse Hepatitis A Exposure

Anyone who ate at the Lone Star Steakhouse located in the Eastland Place Shopping Center in Evansville, Indiana, between April 20 and May 3, 2012, was potentially exposed to the hepatitis A virus, according to an announcement by the Vanderburgh County Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health on May 10, 2012. According to the public health agencies, a person infected with the hepatitis A virus was working at the restaurant between those dates and may have contaminated food or drinks.

Hepatitis A is an infectious disease spread from person-to-person or through contaminated food or water. Symptoms of hepatitis A infection include fatigue, fever, loss of appetite and pale colored stools or dark urine. Jaundice, or a yellowing of the skin and eyes, can occur several days after initial symptoms of hepatitis A appear. The infection usually resolves within a week, but can persist for several weeks and hepatitis A can cause liver damage which can lead to the need for a transplant.

Anyone who believes they may be ill with symptoms of a hepatitis A infection after eating food from the Lone Star Steakhouse should contact a health care provider.

Public health officials will be providing hepatitis A vaccine or Immune globulin injections to patrons of the Lone Star Steakhouse who dined at the restaurant between April 27 and May 3. Anyone who ate at the Lone Star Steakhouse on those dates should receive treatment to prevent hepatitis A infection. Patrons who dined at the restaurant between April 20 and April 26 are no longer eligible to receive preventive treatment for hepatitis A, so should be on the look-out for symptoms associated with hepatitis A infection.

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