LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The list of people infected and restaurants impacted by hepatitis A keeps growing.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Although rare, hepatitis A can cause death.
An employee of Bearno's Pizza, located in the in the 9200 block of Westport Road, has been diagnosed with acute hepatitis A, the company confirmed in a press release on Friday afternoon. The company has offered to pay out of pocket costs for customers who ate there between April 8 and the 22nd and want to get the Hep A vaccine. All the employees will be vaccinated next Wednesday.
Another case has been confirmed at an Arby's in Indiana. The Arby's is located in the 220 block of South Indiana Avenue in Sellersburg.
Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease. It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water. The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is to get vaccinated.
As of April 24, 2018, according to Metro Public Health and Wellness, more than 15,500 people in the high-risk categories have been vaccinated. Of those, more than 1,100 food service workers have been vaccinated.
The symptoms of hepatitis A include:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored stools
- Joint pain
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
Anyone who may have been exposed should visit www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav for more information.
Here is a list of the WAVE Country food industry businesses that have been affected by hepatitis A. Click the links for detailed information:
- Kroger - 4915 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY
- Bob Evans - State Street, New Albany, IN
- Kroger - 520 N 35th Street, Louisville, KY
- Sarino - 1030 Goss Avenue, Louisville, KY
- Denny's - 4030 Dutchman's Lane, St. Matthews, KY
- Applebee's - 4717 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY
- White Castle - 3701 Seventh St. Rd. , Louisville, KY
- Tomo Japanese Restaurant - Charlestown Road, New Albany, IN
- Taco Bell - 900 Lafollette Center, Floyd Knobs, IN
- Arby's - 220 South Indiana Avenue, Sellersburg, IN
- Bearno's Pizza - 9200 Westport Road, Louisville, KY
- Mark's Feed Store - 11422 Shelbyville Road, Middletown, KY
- Panera - 1801 Rudy Lane, Louisville, KY
- Domino's - 10000 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY
- Old Chicago Pizza - 9013 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY
- Rally's - S Highway 53, LaGrange, KY
- Denny's - 4030 Dutchman's Lane, St. Matthews, KY (2nd case)
- McDonald's - 1420 Eastern Blvd., Clarksville, IN
- Roosters - Greentree Boulevard, Clarksville, IN
- Speedway - 5400 Antle Drive, Louisville, KY
- Jimmy Johns - 323 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY