ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) – Another food service worker in eastern Kentucky County was diagnosed with hepatitis A.
Officials with the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department said an employee at McDonalds in the 2000 block of Winchester Ave. in Ashland was diagnosed on Wednesday.
This is the seventh food worker diagnosed with hepatitis A in Boyd County this year.
Health officials say the risk of clients becoming infected is very low.
"McDonald & # 39; s is working with the health department to prevent new cases from occurring in the community in this case," a Health Ministry press release said Thursday.
The growing number of cases is one of them
Ministry of Health officials said all employees at the McDonalds received the hepatitis A vaccine before the employee was diagnosed Wednesday. The person diagnosed had the vaccine as well.
McDonald's previously drafted a policy whereby all workers received the hepatitis A vaccine.
The Winchester Ave. Place that voluntarily closed for disinfection after recognizing the diagnosed case.
Symptoms of hepatitis A include loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, fever, stomach pain, brown urine, pale stools, and yellowing of the skin or eyes. Health officials said that people may have some or none of these symptoms, and it may take up to 50 days after exposure for someone to get sick. However, most people notice symptoms within 28 to 30 days of exposure.
Health officials say the disease is usually spread when a person unknowingly picks them up from food, drinks, or other items contaminated with the infected person's chair [1
Ministry of Health officials say that they have examined the risk of clients getting infected is "very low".
All restaurant staff had to receive the Hepatitis A vaccine before returning to work. RJ Kahuna was voluntarily closed down to allow employees' vaccinations to develop immunity.
"RJ Kahuna is working with the health department to prevent new cases from occurring in the community," health officials said in a press release.
Earlier this month, health officials said a dairy coworker at the 13th Street in Ashland was diagnosed.
"The investigation found that the risk of contamination by restaurant owners is very low, health officials said in a press release." Dairy Queen is working with the health department to prevent new cases from developing in the community in this case. "
Dairy Queen released the following statement:
" We received a notification from one of our staff that was ill and tested positive for the hepatitis A virus. Because the health and safety of our customers and employees stood in the foreground In addition, we have also introduced additional procedures To ensure that employees adhere to strict health and hygiene policies, the business owners and management will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Health officials collapsed by Ashland-Boyd
Employees Received Hepatitis A Vaccination or Received Hepatitis A Inoculation
Please note that the health and safety of our customers and employees is a top priority.
The Kentucky Department of Public Health recommended that anyone living in Boyd, Carter, Greenup, Hardin, Bullitt, and Jefferson Counties receive the vaccine.
"Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable disease," Dr. Jeffrey Howard, Deputy DPH Commissioner, said: "DPH recommends that all children between the ages of 1 and 18 receive the hepatitis A vaccine and adults who want to protect themselves from an acute hepatitis A infection. In these countries, we recommend vaccination according to guidelines to stop this outbreak. "