Hepatitis A Lawyer Update: Almost 1700 Hepatitis A Victims in Ohio in last 12 Months: Source Unknown as Two Die
The Ohio Department of Health has received reports of 1,657 cases of hepatitis A throughout the state since January 2018 and has declared it to be an outbreak. Two of those cases in Clark County, Ohio, have resulted in deaths that have been confirmed to be directly related to hepatitis A. In Columbus, Ohio, there have been two separate reports of food workers with the liver disease while they were actively preparing food and serving customers.
So far, the only cases that may be linked to clearly negligent behavior, according to a Hepatitis A lawyer Ron Simon, are those who got sick after eating at Eddy’s Chicken and Waffles located at 1808 East Livingston Avenue in Columbus, between February 1 and February 11, 2019, where an employee has tested positive as a confirmed acute hepatitis A carrier (a person is usually contagious while symptomatic). The employee worked at the restaurant during the period in which Hepatitis A can be spread through fecal material if an employee does not practice good personal hygiene. Health officials are in the process of alerting customers who ate at Eddy’s and may have been exposed to the disease.
Hepatitis A lawyer Ron Simon also noted that health officials were investigating a second confirmed acute hepatitis A carrier who was working, while symptomatic, at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. According to local reports, the server had direct contact with food at the restaurant, located at 479 N. High Street in Columbus. Now, health officials are asking anyone who ate at Fuzzy’s between January 1 and January 16, 2019 to be on the lookout for symptoms. The problem, says Hepatitis A lawyer Ron Simon, is that people need to be made aware that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A because without an explicit warning, they often fail to establish the link to the restaurant due to the lengthy incubation period. A person is traditionally infected 15 to 50 days BEFORE they show symptoms, and sometimes the symptoms are closely related to other illnesses, and Hepatitis A is not identified. A common exception to this is when the victim turns yellow – called “jaundice” – which tips off medical professionals to test for Hepatitis A.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A: Transmission is oral – fecal
Most adults with hepatitis A have symptoms that include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice. The liver disease can be spread by food service employees, especially those who prepare and serve food. Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from food or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person. This can happen when a restaurant employee does not follow proper hygiene procedures, such as washing hands thoroughly after visiting the restroom and before and after handling food. Hepatitis A does not grow outside the human digestive tract, so if it is on a plate, or in food, it does not spread until it is eaten by the victims.
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Nashville hepatitis A cases increase with restaurant worker report
Health officials in Nashville are reporting an outbreak of hepatitis A cases. The city’s Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) has confirmed 183 cases since December 2017. One recent case involves an employee at Outback Steakhouse Restaurant Rivergate who tested positive for hepatitis A while he was working at the restaurant in late December 2018.
Food handlers with hepatitis A are of particular concern, particularly during an outbreak such as the one Nashville is reporting. The virus can easily be transmitted by a restaurant employee
who does not wash his or her hands thoroughly after using the restroom and then touches food that is then served to customers.
The employee of Outback Steakhouse was confirmed to be working at the restaurant while symptomatic December 22-24, 2018. Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). Customers who ate at the restaurant during the time the infected employee worked there could have become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus.
Health officials are urging Nashville residents to get a hepatitis A vaccine because of the outbreak. While vaccinations are the best way to protect against infection, proper hand washing can also be a significant deterrent. Food servers should always wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water, before and after handling food.
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant Rivergate has offered vaccinations to all of its employees, administered through MPHD. Restaurant employees who have not been vaccinated will not be allowed to return to work. In addition, the restaurant facility is being thoroughly sanitized and all employees are being retrained on proper food safety protocol.
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Buffalo Wild Wings employee diagnosed with Hepatitis A
An employee at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant on Mound Road in Warren, Michigan, has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A. The Macomb County Health Department confirmed the illness during a recent inspection of the restaurant. The spread of Hepatitis A can occur when proper food safety protocol is not followed.
Unlike other diseases and illnesses, you cannot get Hepatitis A from simply interacting with an infected person. In other words, hugging, sitting next to, or being coughed on by an infected person will not give you Hepatitis A. Rather, infection is the result of contact with an infected person’s stool, which can happen by:
The Macomb County Health Department is advising anyone who visited the restaurant between March 24, 2018, and April 9, 2018, to keep an eye out for developing symptoms, which include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dark urine, fever, chills and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice).
Symptoms develop anywhere between 15 and 50 days after exposure. Anyone who develops these symptoms should seek medical care. The Health Department also recommends a hepatitis A vaccine for previously unvaccinated persons who consumed food at Buffalo Wild Wings between March 24 and April 9, 2018. Vaccination can prevent hepatitis A if given within 14 days after potential exposure.
Michigan is experiencing a serious hepatitis A outbreak. More than 800 cases have been reported statewide since August of 2016.
For more information about the Hepatitis A outbreak and the case of Hepatitis A at Buffalo Wild Wings, particularly if you ate there between March 24 and April 9, 2018, contact the food poisoning lawyers at 1-888-335-4901.