December 2, 1999
Hepatitis A Alert for Travelers and Customers of
North Carolina Restaurant
Alamance County, NC (SafetyAlerts)
- The Alamance County Health Department has been notified of a confirmed case of hepatitis
A in a food handler working at The Cookery Restaurant / Flying J Truck Stop located at
I-85/I-40 and Jimmy Kerr Road, Alamance County, near Burlington, NC. Another
employee in the same restaurant is also suspected of having Hepatitis A. The
restaurant is working closely with the health department to control the spread of
hepatitis A following these reports.
People who ate at this restaurant on
November 24 or any day between November 27 through December 3, 1999 may have been exposed
to hepatitis A and are advised to get a shot of immune globulin (IG), as soon as possible,
as preventive treatment within two weeks of the date they ate at the restaurant. IG
will be available for these people at the Alamance County Health Department at no charge
during the following dates and times:
Wednesday, 12/8/99 through
Friday, 12/10/99 from 8AM-5PM
Saturday, 12/11/99 from
Monday, 12/13/99 through
Friday, 12/17/99 from 8AM-5PM
Residents of other counties may
contact their local health department for administration of IG.
Persons who ate at this restaurant
between November 10 and November 23 may also have been exposed to hepatitis A but are
beyond the two-week window of immune globulin effectiveness.
All persons who were exposed as
described above should be aware of the symptoms of hepatitis A. These symptoms may
appear 2 to 7 weeks after exposure. These include mild fever, loss of
appetite, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, abdominal pain, dark urine,
light-colored stools and yellowing of the skin and/or white of eyes. Persons with
illness suggestive of hepatitis A should consult physician even if symptoms are mild.
The most important preventive measure
to limit the spread of hepatitis A is careful handwashing after using the bathroom,
changing diapers, or before preparing food.
For more information contact Alice
Rich, Alamance County Health Department at (336) 513-5535
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