Health officials say a Frisch restaurant clerk who worked at two sites – one in Clark County and another in Champaign County – has been confirmed to have hepatitis A.
The Champaign Health District and the Clark County Combined Health District work with the restaurants to vaccinate all employees at 1228 Scioto Street, Urbana, and 1830, Springfield, Bechtle Avenue.
The risk of transmission to guests is extremely low due to safe methods of handling food,
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Frisch's spokesman made a statement: "We have fully cooperated with the Ministry of Health's authorities and appreciate their ongoing work in addressing this nationwide issue. The well-being of our guests and team members remains our most important concern.
The Ohio Department of Health announced the outbreak of hepatitis A in June last year across the country. By March 25, the Clark County Combined Health District examined 59 cases of hepatitis A, 42 in connection with the nationwide outbreak. The Champaign Health District has investigated 9 cases of hepatitis A, 6 associated with the nationwide outbreak.
"This case of hepatitis A only highlights the fact that the state is still in an active outbreak," said Christina Conover, Nursing Director. Clark County combined health district. "Proper hand washing and vaccination are the most effective strategies to combat this virus."
The disease that affects the liver can be spread by the ingestion of feces from an infected person. Symptoms of hepatitis A include:
- low appetite
- stomach pain
- tonal stool
- jaundice (yellowish color for skin and eyes)
Anyone interested Vaccinations should contact their healthcare provider, the local pharmacy or the local health department.