JUST IN: Employee of Jimmy John's on Broadway tests positive for hep A

JUST IN: Employee of Jimmy John's on Broadway tests positive for hep A
A vial of hepatitis A vaccine. (Source: Rachael Krause / WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – An employee of the Jimmy Johns Restaurant at 332 W. Broadway has tested positive for hepatitis A, according to the Jefferson County Department of Health.

The department released the information about the infected employee on Tuesday afternoon, along with a precautionary warning for customers.

Officials said anyone who got food at Jimmy Johns from May 31, 2018 to June 6, 2018 could have been exposed to hep A.

These are the symptoms to watch for:

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

Anyone who has experienced these symptoms should seek medical attention from their primary care provider, walk-in clinics available at retail outlets or a pharmacy with a vaccinating pharmacist.

Store owner Zach Irle issued the following statement:

"An employee in one of our Louisville stores has tested positive for Hepatitis A, following a recent outbreak in the state. Upon learning of this case, we immediately began working with the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness to ensure there was no further risk of exposure at our store. The infected individual will remain at home until fully cleared by doctors to return to work, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely. The health and safety of our customers is our top priority."

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 hand washing for all hospitality employees is strongly encouraged to stop the spread of disease.

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