Hepatitis A reported at restaurants in Lexington, Winchester

hepatitis A disease

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Customers who ate at two Lexington restaurants and one Winchester restaurant are being advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says customers who ate at the following restaurants in November may have been exposed to hepatitis A because of an infected food handler:

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• Hardee’s, 2990 Richmond Road, Lexington; November 23-26, 2018;
• Waffle House, 2347 Buena Vista, Lexington; November 11-19, 2018;
• Waffle House, 4 Carol Road, Winchester; November 20, 2018.

The health department says, 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 these locations during the stated time period is advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination.

The food workers who tested positive for hepatitis A are not working at the restaurants and will remain off work until cleared to return, according to the health department.

The health department also says environmental health staff has worked with the restaurants to ensure proper cleaning of the facilities.