ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) – Another food service worker in Boyd County was diagnosed with hepatitis A.
Ashland-Boyd County Health Department officials reported from an employee at Tudor's Biscuit World in the 2000 block of Winchester Ave. was diagnosed on Tuesday.
This is the 9th case in Boyd County as part of this outbreak.
According to Tudor's Corporate Office, the last shift the employee worked in was Friday, May 25th. The employee was hired recently. Time
The risk of infection is "very low" according to the Health Authority
All employees must receive a hepatitis A vaccine before returning to work. Health officials work with restaurant staff to prevent new cases.
"It is important for the public to understand that the hepatitis A virus was not found in restaurant food during this outbreak," health officials said. "Currently, the method of transmission is from person to person."
However, health officials say it is "imperative" that people wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before eating after using the toilet. or touch items such as shopping carts, door handles, gas pump handles, etc. Hand sanitizer will not kill the virus.
Tudor has published this statement:
"As a member of the region's food industry, we've been working on it. We first warned about the outbreak of Hepatitis A in Kentucky, and we're there to protect our customers and our employees Ensuring that all Ashland employees receive the anti-viral vaccine, our staff informed us about the importance of hand washing with soap throughout the day, and continued to educate all of our employees across the company through a direct memo from our company owner and through our corporate newsletter When we were notified that an employee had actually been diagnosed with the virus, we closed the store immediately, following the guidelines of the Department of Health, to allow complete cleaning and disinfection throughout the facility, and we also sent our Corporate Director for training and development of WV to the Ashland site to verify that hand washing and food preparation and safety procedures have been fully adhered to. We also sent the Corporate Franchise Inspector to ensure all refurbishment efforts are up to standard. The newly hired part-time worker showed no symptoms during the approximately two-week employment, and the last shift on the ground was Friday, May 25th. "
Symptoms of hepatitis A are loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, fever, stomach pain, brown urine, pale stools, and yellowing of the skin or eyes." Health officials say people may have some or none of these symptoms and it may take up to 50 days However, most people may notice symptoms within 28 to 30 days of exposure.
Earlier this month, a worker was diagnosed at O & # 39; Charley, located at 461
"McDonalds is working with the health department to prevent that New cases in the community as a result of its emergence, "health officials wrote in a press release at that time.
Health Department official They said that all McDonald's employees received the hepatitis A vaccine before the employee was diagnosed. The person who was diagnosed also had the vaccine.
McDonalds had previously drafted a policy requiring all workers to receive the Hepatitis A vaccine.
The Winchester Ave. Site was voluntarily closed for disinfection after being aware of the diagnosed case.
Earlier this month, according to the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department, an employee who was treating food at RJ Kahuna's US 60 in Ashland was diagnosed with the disease.
Health officials were investigating and the risk of clients becoming infected was "very low".
All restaurant staff had to receive a 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.
Earlier this month, health officials reported that an employee working in the Dairy Queen at the 13th Street in Ashland was treated with food, was diagnosed.
"The investigation found that the risk of infection from restaurant owners is very low," health officials said in a press release. "Dairy Queen is working with the Health Authority to prevent new cases from occurring 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, that was 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 officials from the Ministry of Health Collaborate with 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, d Everyone who lives in Boyd, Carter, Greenup, Hardin, Bullitt and Jefferson Counties receives the vaccine.
"Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable disease," said Drs. Jeffrey Howard, Deputy DPH Commissioner. "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. In these countries, we recommend vaccination according to guidelines for this Stop breakout. "