White Castle employee diagnosed with hep A; outbreak grows to 281 cases in Louisville

White Castle employee diagnosed with hep A; outbreak grows to 281 cases in Louisville
(Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Government alerted the public about a White Castle employee who was diagnosed with hepatitis A.

The White Castle where the person worked is at 3701 Seventh St. Rd.

Customers who ate at this White Castle from April 6 to April 20 could have been exposed to the hep A virus.

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Sometimes symptoms don't show up in infected person until 15 to 50 days after they are exposed. These are the symptoms to watch for:

  • Fatigue
  • Decreased appetite
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Darkened urine
  • Pale stools
  • Jaundice

Anyone with these symptoms needs to go to the doctor immediately.

Hepatitis A is most commonly spread by eating or putting an object in your mouth which was in contact with an infected person's feces. Vigorous handwashing for all hospitality employees is strongly encouraged to stop the spread of disease.

There have been 281 hepatitis A cases diagnosed in Louisville since the Department for Public Health declared a statewide outbreak in November of 2017.

White Castle is now giving employees at all of their Louisville area restaurants free hepatitis A vaccines.

Vaccinations are encouraged for those who wish to protect themselves from the virus. So far, 14,000 people have been vaccinated in Louisville.

The Department of Public Health and Wellness and UofL Global Health Center are offering discounted vaccines to all hospitality workers. They are $25 instead of the usual $65. Business owners in the hospitality field who have more than 20 employees can schedule a nurse to come to their shop and provide vaccinations. To set that up, call 502-852-1324.

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