Southern Indiana food service employee diagnosed with hepatitis A

Southern Indiana food service employee diagnosed with hepatitis A
Hepatitis A vaccines.

FLOYDS KNOBS, IN (WAVE) - Health officials in Floyd County, Indiana confirmed a case of hepatitis A in a food service employee.

The person works at the Taco Bell located at 900 Lafollette Center in Floyds Knobs.

Anyone who has eaten at the restaurant between April 1 and April 18 should get the hepatitis A vaccine before April 30 to reduce the chance of infection.

YUM! Brands, which owns Taco Bell, issued the following statement on Friday evening:

"As soon as the operator of this Floyds Knobs, IN location learned that one of the team members was diagnosed, the franchisee began working closely with Taco Bell as well as health officials. The restaurant was thoroughly sanitized and all team members will be offered vaccinations. Customers who have eaten at this Taco Bell location between April 1 and 18 should follow guidance from the Floyd County Health Officials."

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver and is highly contagious. According to the Floyd County Health Department, people become infected through contact with:

  • Shared syringes used to inject drugs
  • Foods prepared or served by infected persons
  • Stool or blood of infected persons
  • Inanimate objects that may have trace amounts of fecal material from hand contact.

The symptoms, which can vary greatly from severe to none at all, may include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Fever
  • Stomach ache
  • Dark (cola) colored urine
  • Light colored stools.

Jaundice, the yellowing of the eyes or skin, may appear a few days after the onset of symptoms.

Persons can become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the hepatitis A virus. Most people feel sick for several weeks, but they usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage.

If you experience symptoms, contact your doctor of healthcare provider immediately.

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