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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…
Since August 1, 2017, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has identified over 2,000 cases of acute hepatitis A, a liver disease caused by hepatitis A virus. An increase in cases since Aug. 1, 2017, primarily among the homeless and drug users, prompted declaration of a statewide outbreak in Nov. 2017. Viral sequencing has linked several outbreak-associated cases in Kentucky with outbreaks in California and Utah. DPH is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and…
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) is recommending prevention and vaccination to combat a rise in hepatitis A cases in the county as well as in nearby areas of the state. As of Oct. 22, 58 cases have been reported in Pinellas and more than 180 in Florida. Similar increases have been reported in other states. “We are on track to report the highest number of hepatitis A cases since 2005,” said…
Northeast Arkansas continues to have an ongoing hepatitis A (hep A) outbreak. Hep A is a contagious liver disease that can be prevented by a vaccination. The ADH is warning of a possible hep A exposure after an employee of Arkansas State University (ASU) food service and volunteer at Salvation Army has tested positive for the virus. Anyone who ate at the ASU Student Center or the Salvation Army at 800 Cate Avenue in Jonesboro…
A preliminary settlement of up to $4,500,000.00 has been reached in a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of those who were exposed to hepatitis A related to eating at Genki Sushi restaurants in Hawaii in 2016, but who did not become ill with hepatitis A. The class is represented by Seattle based, Marler Clark, the nation’s food safety law firm, Perkin and Faria, and Starn, O’Toole, Marcus, and Fisher, respected Hawaii firms.  See www.HawaiiHepA.com 
Northeast Arkansas continues to have an ongoing hepatitis A (hep A) outbreak. Hep A is a contagious liver disease that can be prevented by a vaccination. The ADH is warning of a possible hep A exposure after an employee of Murdocks Catfish, located at 2612 Red Wolf Blvd in Jonesboro, tested positive for the virus. Anyone who ate food from this restaurant from Sept. 27 to Oct. 5 should seek vaccination immediately if they have…