Danville fast food worker diagnosed with hepatitis A

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BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Boyle County Health Department says an employee of a fast food restaurant in Danville has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

The health department says the vaccine is recommended as a precaution for anyone who recently ate at the Burger King between December 12, 2018 and January 1, 2019.

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The health department says there is no indication it was from the restaurant or any kind of food-related item. There is minimal risk in contracting hep A from the restaurant. None of the cases from the ongoing statewide outbreak have been linked to food establishments.

A statement from Burger King says its Danville restaurant was thoroughly sanitized and the hep-A vaccine is now required as a condition of employment.

Symptoms of hepatitis A can mimic the flu, and in rare cases, cause liver failure and death. The virus is spread through improper handwashing and close personal contact.

Currently, there have been over 2,900 hep A cases confirmed in Kentucky.