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Manhattan Restaurant Patrons Exposed to Hepatitis A

Patrons who ate dessert purchased from Alta Restaurant located at 64th West and 10th Street in New York City’s West Village are at risk for developing hepatitis A infections, according to a press release issued by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Friday.

According to a Health Department press release, a food handler who worked at Alta Restaurant tested positive for hepatitis A. Anyone who ate desserts prepared at the restaurant between March 23rd and April 2nd is encouraged to get a hepatitis A vaccination to prevent infection with the communicable disease, which causes symptoms such as jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea.

In the press release, the Health Department announced that approximately 3,000 people may have visited Alta Restaurant between March 23rd and April 2nd, with approximately 15% of those patrons ordering dessert.

Those at risk for hepatitis A exposure due to the consumption of dessert purchased at the restaurant is eligible to receive a hepatitis A vaccination at the Chelsea Health Center located at 303 Ninth Avenue, on the 1st Floor in Manhattan at the following times:

April 6 from 2pm to 6pm
April 7 from 2pm to 6pm
April 8 from 9am to 5pm

Anyone experiencing symptoms of hepatitis A infection should contact a health care professional and their local health department for diagnosis.

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