Possible Hepatitis A Exposure in Idaho – NoroCORE Food Virology

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure in Idaho

photo of a pizza pie with cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, and peppers for toppingsCustomers who ate at Papa Murphy’s pizza restaurant in Chubbuck, Idaho, on April 19-21 may have been exposed to Hepatitis A, and are at risk for illness if they have not had the vaccine and ate uncooked food at the restaurant (including salads and toppings).  These persons should obtain the vaccine or immune globulin immediately.  An employee of the restaurant tested positive for Hepatitis A on May 2, and while there are no reported illnesses yet and the public health risk is low according to health officials, there is still the potential for illness.  The Southeastern Idaho Public Health Department offered vaccine clinics last Friday and Saturday, but regular healthcare providers are also able to provide these.  Anyone who ate at the restaurant April 6-18 and shows symptoms of the illness should seek medical attention.  Symptoms of Hepatitis A include fever, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, jaundice, fatigue, nausea, and dark urine.

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