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Published On: Sat, Jun 1st, 2013

Fort Wayne health officials warn of hepatitis A risk for patrons of 800 Degrees Three Fires restaurant

Fort Wayne-Allen County health authorities have issued a health alert for patrons of a Fort Wayne restaurant after an employee tested positive for hepatitis A, according to a news release May 31.

The individual last worked at the restaurant on May 26.

800 Degrees Three Fires restaurant Image/Video Screen Shot

800 Degrees Three Fires restaurant Image/Video Screen Shot

Health officials are urging patrons who ate or drank food at the 800 Degrees Three Fires restaurant on Illinois Road between May 18 and May 26, 2013 and who have not already been vaccinated for hepatitis A, to get the vaccination.

“We are asking these restaurant patrons to get this vaccination as a precautionary measure,” said Allen County Health Commissioner Deborah McMahan, MD. “Those who are having symptoms of the illness should not come to the vaccination clinic but should seek medical attention.”

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Patrons who ate at the restaurant in the days prior to May 18, 2013 will not benefit from the vaccination, but should monitor themselves for symptoms of hepatitis A, health officials advise.

The vaccine will be provided free of charge at the Southwest Allen County Schools Transportation Center at 4814 Homestead Road. The times are as follows:
·         Saturday, June 1, Noon.-8 p.m.
·         Sunday, June 2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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.

Hepatitis A also can be spread through contaminated food or water. This most often occurs in countries where Hepatitis A is common, especially if personal hygiene or sanitary conditions are poor. Contamination of food can happen at any point: growing, harvesting, processing, handling, and even after cooking.

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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