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For goodness sake – vaccinate. A case of hepatitis A has been diagnosed in an employee who handled food at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen located at 7777 Burlington Pike, Florence, Kentucky (within the T/A Truck stop facility).  An ongoing investigation of the facility found that this employee worked during a period of time when ill or infectious, which included the dates of March 17 through April 5. While it is relatively uncommon for restaurant patrons to…
For anyone who ate at the Western Sizzlin Restaurant in Ooltewah TN, around the time of March 10-20, 2019, they are advised to get their hepatitis A vaccine. The health department confirms that an employee of the restaurant worked during that time period in a food handling role while contagious with hepatitis A. Special vaccination clinics are being offered at 3rd Street, Sunday 3/24 1-6PM, Monday 3/25 8AM-6PM, and Tuesday 3/26 8AM-6PM, and at the Ooltewah health center Monday…
On August 15, 2016, the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) identified raw scallops served at Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai as a likely source of an ongoing hepatitis A outbreak. The product of concern was identified to be Sea Port Bay Scallops (Wild Harvest, Raw Frozen) that originated in the Philippines (states “Product of the Philippines” on the box) and were distributed by Koha Oriental Foods. As a result, HDOH ordered this product…
Beginning in September 2016, several states, the CDC, and the FDA investigated a several states, CDC, and the FDA investigated a multistate outbreak of foodborne hepatitis A. Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicate that frozen strawberries imported from Egypt are the likely source of this outbreak. Although no discovery has been done to date to confirm how the Egyptian strawberries made it to consumers, we have learned that Tropical Smoothie had a bulk purchasing agreement with…
Erie County officials are urging anyone who recently ate at Destiny’s on Fillmore in Buffalo to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A after the virus was identified in a worker at the restaurant. According to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, anyone who at as a dine-in or takeout customer between February 27, 2019 and March 11, 2019 is eligible to recieve a free Hepatitis A vaccine provided by the Erie County Department of Health. The vaccine…
People who are considered high risk for exposure to the Hepatitis A virus should get vaccinated as soon as possible to avoid contracting the virus and lessen the spread of the disease. High risk groups include individuals who use illicit drugs, close contacts of illicit drug users, and homeless people. The Department for Public Health (DPH) is making this recommendation as part of its efforts to respond to the ongoing outbreak of Hepatitis A. Since…
The Cumberland Valley District Health confirmed on Friday that a McDonald’s employee tested positive for hepatitis A. The McDonald’s is located on Muddy Gap Road. In a release, health officials said that the employee did not handle food directly and was in a customer service position. Health officials said the transmission risk to employees and customers at the store is low. However, anyone who ate at the McDonald’s in Manchester between October 30th and November…
Florida: The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County announced Nov. 5 that a positive case of hepatitis A has been identified in a food service worker in St. Pete Beach. Following lab confirmation on Nov. 1, DOH-Pinellas immediately began conducting an epidemiological investigation and determined the individual worked at Toasted Monkey, 6110 Gulf Blvd., from Oct. 17-28. DOH says persons who frequented the restaurant on Oct. 17-28, and have not previously been vaccinated for…
A new case of hepatitis A has been diagnosed in a Frankfort food worker, the Franklin County Health Department reports. The infected individual worked at the KFC located on at 1229 US 127 between Oct. 22 and Oct. 25. The health department wants to remind the public that it’s rare for restaurant patrons to become infected with hepatitis A virus due to an infected food handler. However, for anyone who consumed food or drink at that KFC…