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Patrons of Idaho Papa Murphy’s May Be at Risk for Hepatitis A

People who ate at the Papa Murphy’s in Chubbuck, Idaho in mid-April may have been exposed to hepatitis A, according to health officials.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health announced Friday that an employee of the pizza restaurant tested positive for hepatitis A on May 2. Customers who ate at the establishment on April 19, 20 or 21 may have been exposed to the virus.

“While the risk to public health is low, the possibility exists that Papa Murphy’s customers may have been exposed to hepatitis A,” said SIPH in a press release.

People who ate uncooked food, such as uncooked pizza toppings or salads, at the Chubbuck Papa Murphy’s on the three specified dates and are not immunized against hepatitis A should receive the hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin immediately, advises the health department.

While both the vaccine and immune globulin are available through most healthcare providers, SIPH will also be offering these options for people who may have been exposed to the virus.

The department will be holding vaccine clinics Friday and Saturday.

Anyone who ate at the establishment between April 6 and April 18 should contact a medical provider if they are experiencing symptoms of hepatitis A infection, including fever, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort, jaundice, fatigue, nausea or dark urine.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with eating at Papa Murphy’s to date, according to SIPH.

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