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PA Red Robin Employee Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

An employee at a Red Robin restaurant in Bartonsville, PA, has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is investigating, but a spokesperson for the department told the Pocono Record that they are prohibited from giving out further details.

“As the investigation continues and if any public health risks evolve, the department will provide additional information to ensure the safety and well-being of the public, as needed,” said director of communications Aimee Tysarczyk.

A statement from Red Robin said that the employee had not been in the restaurant since April 27 and won’t return to work until granted medical clearance.

“At this time, the Pennsylvania Department of Health does not believe there is a risk to the general public,” the statement read.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention FAQs on Hepatitis A says that “most people do not get sick when someone at a restaurant has Hepatitis A. However, if an infected food handler is infectious and has poor hygiene, the risk goes up for patrons of that restaurant.”

A Papa John’s in North Carolina and a tea store in Indianapolis recently warned customers that they may have been exposed to Hepatitis A and health officials recommended vaccinations.

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