Health department confirms hepatitis A in an employee at a Lexington restaurant

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The health department says a worker at the Frisch’s on Harrodsburg Road has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

Frisch’s says the worker diagnosed is not currently working at the restaurant, and will remain off work until cleared to return. Environmental Health staff has worked with the restaurant to ensure proper cleaning of the facility and reviewed recommendations regarding employee health and exclusion of ill workers going forward.

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The health department says that while it is relatively uncommon for restaurant customers to become infected with the hepatitis A virus due to an infected food handler, anyone who consumed food or drink at Frisch’s at this location since October 28, 2018 is advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination. This is recommended whether the patrons live in Lexington or elsewhere.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that is usually spread when a person unknowingly eats or drinks something contaminated by small amounts of stool from an infected person. Washing your hands with soap and warm water after using the bathroom, changing a diaper or before making food and drinks can help stop the spread of hepatitis A.

Symptoms of hepatitis A are fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). People can become ill 15-50 days after being exposed to the virus. Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention.

The best ways to prevent hepatitis A are to get vaccinated and to practice good hand washing.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department recommends the hepatitis A vaccination for everyone in the community as the number of cases in the region and throughout the state continues to climb. The health department will be working with Frisch’s at this location to provide hepatitis A vaccinations for their employees.

Starting in the 2018-19 school year, Kentucky students will be required to have the vaccination. Please check with your medical provider to see if your child has been vaccinated.

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