WASHINGTON, MO. – A grocer at a Washington restaurant, Bob Evans, has recently been diagnosed with hepatitis A. This prompted the Franklin County Health Department to announce an injection round for people who had recently had dinner there.
] This employee worked in the restaurant during the period from 3 to 10 August. Anyone eating or drinking in the Bob Evans area (3151 Phoenix Center Drive) between August 3 and 12 is advised to get vaccinated by the district health department.
Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. It can cause nausea, fever, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, brown urine and light stools. People can get sick for up to 7 weeks after exposure to the virus.
Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly takes the virus from articles, foods or drinks contaminated with small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person.  Health officials said that the infected often also live a high-risk lifestyle that includes homelessness and intravenous drug use. They said it was unusual for someone to become infected because of an infected grocer, but as a precaution, a vaccine is being offered.
Vaccines will be administered Friday at the Franklin County Health Department (414 East Main Street) in Union. 16th August from 9am to 4pm and Saturday, 17th August, from 8am to 12pm.
This is the third hepatitis A fright in a Franklin County restaurant in recent months. In June, a Jack in the Box employee near the Bourbeuse River Access in Union, Missouri, tested positive for the infection. In July, the health department warned a Roadhouse 100 employee positively.
For questions or to make an appointment, contact the Franklin County Public Health Department at 636-583-7300. For more information on hepatitis A, see health.mo.gov.