LIST: WAVE Country businesses affected by hepatitis A

Southern Indiana health officials are working to inform the public about hep. A and how it spreads. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Southern Indiana health officials are working to inform the public about hep. A and how it spreads. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

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.

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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:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • 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:

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