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Hepatitis A case confirmed at Springfield restaurant

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However, on account of protected food dealing with procedures, the chance of transmission to patrons at Rally’s is low, a press release from the health district mentioned.

“The health of our employees and our guests is our top priority,” mentioned Kim Francis, a spokesperson for Rally’s.

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The health district is now working with the restaurant’s administration to vaccinate the restaurant’s workers, in response to a press release from the health district.

“We have fully cooperated with Health Department authorities and appreciate their ongoing work in addressing this nationwide issue,” Francis mentioned.

The Ohio Department of Health declared a statewide outbreak of hepatitis A in June of 2018. As of July 5, the health district has investigated 75 instances of hepatitis A, all linked to the statewide outbreak.

“This case of hepatitis A highlights the fact that 91% of counties in Ohio are continuing to investigate the statewide community outbreak,” mentioned Anna Jean Petroff, Epidemiologist for the Clark County Combined Health District. “Proper hand washing and vaccination are the most effective strategies to combat this virus.”

In early June, Clark County health officers mentioned they have been seeing about two new instances of hepatitis A each week.

Hepatitis A impacts the liver and might be unfold by ingesting fecal matter from an contaminated particular person. Symptoms of hepatitis A embrace; fatigue, low urge for food, abdomen ache, nausea, clay-colored stool and jaundice.

Those at the best danger of contracting hepatitis A are; individuals who use avenue medication (whether or not injected or not), people who find themselves incarcerated, folks experiencing homelessness, males who’ve intercourse with males, folks with direct contact with people contaminated with the virus and individuals who have traveled to different areas of the U.S. at the moment experiencing outbreaks.

While these talked about are at a higher danger, the CDC recommends anybody over 12 months obtain the hepatitis A vaccine. Anyone interested by a vaccination ought to contact their health care supplier, native pharmacy or native health district.