MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Montgomery County Health Department is reporting two restaurant employees have tested positive for Hepatitis A, and one of the employees was involved in food preparation.
The health department says one is an employee of Cracker Barrel located at 110 Stone Trace Drive in Mt. Sterling.
The other is at KFC located at 109 Ragland Avenue, also in Mt. Sterling.
The health department says the employee at Cracker Barrel was not directly involved in food preparation. However, the employee at KFC was involved in food preparation.
According to the health department, management of both Cracker Barrel and KFC have cooperated fully with the health officials and have taken additional steps to protect customers and employees, including having employees at the restaurants vaccinated.
Health officials say Cracker Barrel has also conducted a deep cleaning of the restaurant. KFC reports all work surfaces and cookware have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, which is done on a continual basis.
While the risk of transmission to the public has been determined to be low from these reported cases, the health department says individuals who visited Cracker Barrel from August 19th to September 2nd or KFC from August 27th to September 10th should be aware of possible Hepatitis A symptoms.
There have now been 54 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in Montgomery County, according to the health department.