Confirmed hepatitis A case at fast food restaurant in Woodford Co.


WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Woodford County Health Department says a former McDonald’s employee has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

The health department says the employee worked at the McDonald’s on United Drive in Versailles until December 1st and symptoms began on December 6th.

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They say the risk of restaurant patrons becoming infected is very low. McDonald’s is working closely with the health department to prevent new cases from happening.

McDonald’s closed early to clean and sanitize the restaurant.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can cause loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, stomach pain, brown colored urine, and light colored stools. Yellowing of the skin or eyes may also appear. People may have some or none of these symptoms. It could take up to 50 days after being exposed to the virus for someone to become ill.

Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person. The virus spreads when an infected person does not wash his/her hands adequately after using the toilet or engages in behaviors that increase risk of infection.