UPDATE: Applebee’s releases statement on hepatitis A case

UPDATE: (12/03/18)

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Applebee’s in Winchester has released a statement on the current status of the restaurant after a worker was diagnosed with hepatitis A.

Here is the full statement:

“The health and safety of our team members and guests is our top priority. When we learned that one of our team members at the Winchester, Ky. location was diagnosed with Hepatitis A, we immediately began our collaboration with the Clark County Health Department. The individual affected did not work while symptomatic and has not worked at the restaurant since the diagnosis.

We effectively took all necessary measures requested by the Health Department and proactively took extra precautionary steps by temporarily closing the restaurant and hiring a 3rd party professional company specialized in this area to further clean and sanitize the restaurant within 12 hours of this news.

We are currently in the process of coordinating vaccinations for all team members who haven’t already been at the restaurant and at all our other restaurant locations within Lexington, KY.” (Attributable to Mike Muldoon, President, RMH Franchise Holdings.)

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Clark County Health Department announced Friday it is investigating a case of hepatitis A in a food service worker.

The health department says the employee worked at the Applebee’s at 1525 W. Lexington Avenue.

Customers who ate at the restaurant between November 14-25 are advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination.

Health officials say 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 health department says Applebee’s restaurant owners and employees have cooperated fully with local health officials to ensure the facility is being properly cleaned.

The ill employee is not working at the restaurant and will remain off work until cleared to return.

The health department will be working with the restaurant to provide hepatitis A vaccinations for their employees.

The hepatitis A vaccine is available at most pharmacies and medical providers.

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