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People who ate at a local Taco Bell in mid-April may have been exposed to hepatitis A. An employee at Taco Bell on 40976 U.S. Highway 19 North in Tarpon Springs tested positive for Hepatitis A, according to an email sent by the Pinellas County Health Department to the state. The county also reported the employee worked at that Tarpon Spring’s Taco Bell during his infectious period from April 12 to April 14. On April…
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…
The Florida Department of Health said a restaurant worker in Clearwater has tested positive for hepatitis A. Now they are encouraging anyone who visited the Arby’s location to get vaccinated due to possible exposure. A food service worker at the Arby’s restaurant, located at 30263 U.S. Highway 19 N, tested positive for the highly contagious disease, according to the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County. Health officials said the individual worked at the restaurant…
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…