In mid-November, the Seneca County Health Department warned patrons of a McDonalds restaurant of a hepatitis A risk because an employee, a food service worker, tested positive for the contagious virus (HAV).

Seneca County, NY/David Benbennick
Seneca County, NY/David Benbennick

Now health officials have issued another advisory for customers of Marks Pizzeria,  located at 1963 Kingdom Plaza in Waterloo. An employee with the restaurant has tested  for HAV and health officials say individuals not previously vaccinated for Hepatitis A and who consumed cold foods, such as subs, salads, vegetables, lemons and celery sticks from Mark’s Pizzeria should seek treatment.

Individuals who consumed cold foods from the Mark’s Pizzeria located at 1963 Kingdom Plaza, Waterloo, NY 13165 on November 13, 2015 through Wednesday, November 18, 2015 are advised to monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A for the next 4-6 weeks.

If you consumed cold foods from Mark’s Pizzeria located at 1963 Kingdom Plaza, Waterloo, NY 13165 on Thursday, November 19, 2015 through Saturday, November 28, 2015, you should seek treatment for Hepatitis A.  Clinics will be held in the Seneca County Office Building located at 1 DiPronio Drive Waterloo, NY 3rd Floor Board of Supervisor’s Room on Thursday, December 3, 2015- 1:00 pm-7:00 pm, Monday, December 7, 2015 – 3:00 pm-7:00 pm and Thursday, December 10, 2015- 12:00 pm-4:00 pm. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.

Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter, even in microscopic amounts, from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by feces or stool from an infected person.

Not everyone has symptoms. If symptoms develop, they usually appear 2 to 6 weeks after becoming infected and can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine and jaundice.

There is no specific treatment once symptoms appear, but a vaccination can help lessen the effects of the disease if given within 14 days of exposure.

The best way to control the spread of hepatitis A and many other illnesses is through proper hand washing, especially after using the restroom, changing diapers, and before eating or preparing food. Hand washing should include 20 seconds of vigorous soaping of all parts of the hands, especially between fingers and under fingernails.