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.

Tony Coveny, Ph.D. - Food Borne Illness AttorneyHepatitis 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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