Published On: Sat, May 4th, 2013

Idaho health officials warn patrons of Papa Murphy’s pizzeria of possible hepatitis A exposure

The Southeastern Idaho Public Health District are warning customers of a Chubbuck pizzeria of a possible risk of hepatitis A exposure after an employee there was confirmed positive for the viral disease on May 2.

Health authorities say customers who patronized Papa Murphy’s pizzeria April 19-21 may have been exposed to the virus.

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Southeastern Idaho Public Health is recommending that those persons who are not immune to hepatitis A (due to previous vaccination or previous illness) and who have eaten uncooked food (for example, uncooked cookie dough, uncooked pizza toppings, or salad) from Papa Murphy’s in Chubbuck on April 20th or 21st receive hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin (IG) immediately. In addition, anyone who has consumed uncooked food from Papa Murphy’s in Chubbuck from April 6th‐April 18th should contact their medical provider if they are exhibiting any symptoms of hepatitis.

Health officials say the restaurant is cooperating fully with the investigation.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health will have hepatitis A vaccine and immune globulin (IG) available for people directly affected by this potential exposure. Please call Southeastern Idaho Public Health’s hotline at 234‐5888 to be screened
and to make an appointment, if appropriate. Vaccine clinics will be held on Friday and Saturday at Southeastern Idaho Public Health.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. Symptoms may include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and abdominal discomfort. Jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes, may occur a few days after symptoms appear. Anyone with these symptoms should contact a health care provider. The incubation period, or time between exposure and symptoms, is typically 28 days. It is possible for hepatitis A to be active but not show symptoms for up to 7 days. Symptoms usually last one to two weeks but can last longer. Young children with hepatitis A often have no symptoms.

Hepatitis A is spread person-to-person and through a fecal-oral transmission route, and typically occurs when a person eats food or drinks a beverage contaminated by someone with the virus. The virus is not spread by coughing, sneezing or by casual contact. Severe complications from hepatitis A are rare and occur more often in people who have liver disease or a weakened immune system.

Thorough hand washing after visits to the restroom, before touching food or drink and after changing a diaper are the best way to control the spread of hepatitis A.

For more information on Hepatitis A, see the CDC’s page “Hepatitis A Information for the Public”.

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