Health officials say a Frisch’s restaurant employee that worked in two locations – one in Clark County and another in Champaign County – has been confirmed to have hepatitis A.
The Champaign Health District and the Clark County Combined Health District are working with the restaurants to vaccinate all employees at 1228 Scioto Street in Urbana and 1830 Bechtle Avenue in Springfield.
The risk of transmission to patrons is extremely low due to safe food handling procedures being in place, according to health officials.
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A spokesperson from Frisch’s issued a statement saying, “We have fully cooperated with Health Department authorities, and appreciate their ongoing work in addressing this nationwide issue. The well-being of our guests and team members remains our paramount concern.”
The Ohio Department of Health declared a statewide outbreak of hepatitis A in June of last year. As of March 25, the Clark County Combined Health District has investigated 59 cases of hepatitis A, 42 linked to the statewide outbreak. The Champaign Health District has investigated 9 cases of hepatitis A, 6 linked to the statewide outbreak.
“This case of hepatitis A just highlights the fact that the state is still in an active outbreak,” said Christina Conover, Nursing Director, Clark County Combined Health District. “Proper handwashing and vaccination are the most effective strategies to combat this virus.”
The disease, which affects the liver, can be spread by ingesting fecal matter from an infected individual. Symptoms of hepatitis A include:
- Low appetite
- Stomach pain
- Clay-colored stools
- Jaundice (yellowish color to the skin and eyes)
Anyone interested in vaccination should contact their healthcare provider, local pharmacy or their local health district.