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Published On: Fri, Apr 11th, 2014

NC health officials warn Charlotte Papa John’s customers of possible hepatitis A exposure

​The Mecklenburg County Health Department (MCHD) is warning patrons of a Papa John’s Pizza restaurant in Charlotte, NC of a possible exposure to heaptitis A, health officials state in a press release yesterday.

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Papa John’s pizza
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People who ate at Papa John’s Pizza located at 8016 Cambridge Commons Drive, Suite B between March 24 and April 7, 2014 could have been exposed to hepatitis A.

Health officials do not spell out the source of the possible exposure in the release.

The Mecklenburg and Cabarrus County Health Department’s will hold their first vaccination clinics for anyone who believes they may have been exposed on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 4-8 p.m. at the Mecklenburg County Health Department 2845 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC and the Cabarrus County Health Department, 300 Mooresville Street, Kannapolis, NC.

In addition they say if you ate food from this location March 24-March 27th, the vaccination would no longer be effective. In this case, you should be aware of the symptoms and notify your physician if you see them.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.

Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter, even in microscopic amounts, from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by feces or stool from an infected person.

Not everyone has symptoms. If symptoms develop, they usually appear 2 to 6 weeks after becoming infected and can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine and jaundice.

There is no specific treatment once symptoms appear, but a vaccination can help lessen the effects of the disease if given within 14 days of exposure.

The best way to control the spread of hepatitis A and many other illnesses is through proper hand washing, especially after using the restroom, changing diapers, and before eating or preparing food. Hand washing should include 20 seconds of vigorous soaping of all parts of the hands, especially between fingers and under fingernails.

 

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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