Seafood restaurant customers may have been exposed to hepatitis A from food service employee – WCVB Boston

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Seafood restaurant customers may have been exposed to hepatitis A from food service employee – WCVB Boston

Heath officials were urging anyone who ate cold or uncooked food, or is unsure what they ate between April 21 and May 12 at Roy Moore’s Fish Shack in Rockport to contact their health care provider because of possible exposure to hepatitis A.The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said a food service employee at the restaurant who worked during those dates has a confirmed case of hepatitis A. Customers are being advised to contact their health care provider and receive appropriate medical treatment for a possible exposure. Health officials said a vaccine and immune globulin may be effective at preventing infection if administered within two weeks of exposure.The early signs and symptoms of hepatitis A are fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and jaundice (dark urine, yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes.) The illness varies in severity, with mild cases lasting two weeks or less and more severe cases lasting four to six weeks or longer. Hepatitis A virus is spread as a result of fecal contamination and may be spread from person to person through close contact or through food handling. The virus can be spread by contaminated food and beverages.Persons who ate cold or uncooked foods from Roy Moore’s Fish Shack between April 21 and May 12 are urged to be particularly thorough in hand-washing after toileting and prior to food preparation to avoid any potential further spread of disease. Anyone who wants additional information can contact the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-983-6800.

Heath officials were urging anyone who ate cold or uncooked food, or is unsure what they ate between April 21 and May 12 at Roy Moore’s Fish Shack in Rockport to contact their health care provider because of possible exposure to hepatitis A.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said a food service employee at the restaurant who worked during those dates has a confirmed case of hepatitis A.

Customers are being advised to contact their health care provider and receive appropriate medical treatment for a possible exposure.

Health officials said a vaccine and immune globulin may be effective at preventing infection if administered within two weeks of exposure.

The early signs and symptoms of hepatitis A are fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and jaundice (dark urine, yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes.)

The illness varies in severity, with mild cases lasting two weeks or less and more severe cases lasting four to six weeks or longer.

Hepatitis A virus is spread as a result of fecal contamination and may be spread from person to person through close contact or through food handling.

The virus can be spread by contaminated food and beverages.

Persons who ate cold or uncooked foods from Roy Moore’s Fish Shack between April 21 and May 12 are urged to be particularly thorough in hand-washing after toileting and prior to food preparation to avoid any potential further spread of disease.

Anyone who wants additional information can contact the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-983-6800.

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