Health dept. announces possible Hepatitis A exposures at Spanish Fork restaurants

UPDATE: Thursday, officials added Tabitha's Way Local Food Pantry South County to the list. Those who received non-canned food from the pantry during Thursday, December 28th and Wednesday, January 3rd may have been exposed.

SPANISH FORK, Utah (News4Utah) – The Utah County Health Department announced Tuesday that customers of two Utah County restaurants may have been exposed to Hepatitis A.

Customers who consumed food or drink or used restrooms on specific dates at these locations should receive preventive treatment immediately, the health department said in a news release. 

Dates and locations of possible exposures include:

Customers who used the restroom or ate at either of these restaurants above should visit https://health.utah.gov/investigation/ to determine their risk, or call 801-851-HEPA (4372). If you get a recording that says they are currently busy and to call back, please keep trying. The message automatically kicks on after 10 callers in the Que. 

People in need of vaccine must receive it within a short time period of their possible exposure, so it is essential that affected customers visit the website or call the health department as soon as possible.

Health officials say the possible Hepatitis A exposure occurred when an infected employee worked while infectious. People with Hepatitis A are infectious before becoming symptomatic.

UCHD believes these cases are linked to the ongoing outbreak Utah County and other areas of the state have been experiencing since August 2017.

Both restaurants are cooperating fully with the health department’s investigation. Infected employees can’t return to work until medically-cleared by the health department.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A

  • nausea/vomiting
  • abdominal pain
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin
  • dark urine
  • diarrhea
  • clay-colored stools
  • fatigue
     

Contact your healthcare provider if you are experiencing these symptoms. Hepatitis A vaccine is covered by most insurance plans and is widely available at local pharmacies, health care providers and Utah County Health Department immunization clinics.


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