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Published On: Sun, Apr 13th, 2014

Patrons of Nyack restaurant warned of possible hepatitis A exposure

The viral infections, hepatitis A,  has been confirmed in a food handler at the La Fontana restaurant in Nyack, NY prompting health officials to issue a warning to patrons and fellow employees of a possible exposure risk, according to the Rockland County Health Department Friday.

Hepatitis A Image/CDC

Hepatitis A
Image/CDC

Customers and other employees may have been exposed to Hepatitis A virus between March 19 and April 1, 2014. Health officials are recommending that all people who ate at the restaurant on March 29, March 30 and April 1, 2014 receive Hepatitis A vaccine. Patrons who ate at the restaurant between March 19 and March 28 will not benefit from vaccination.

This is due to the vaccination is most effective within the first 14 days after exposure. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page.

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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