By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Central District Health Department is reporting a confirmed hepatitis A case in food service worker employed at Saint Lawrence Gridiron, located at 705 W. Bannock Street in Boise, prompting a warning for patrons who ate there on certain days.
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.
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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.
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.
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