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City offers hep A vaccine subsidies to foodservice workers

Kentucky

Nearly 200 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in Louisville, KY, since November 2017, so local health officials are offering $25 vaccines to restaurant and foodservice workers in an attempt to curb the outbreak. The initiative was launched this week by the Department of Public Health and Wellness in partnership with the University of Louisville’s Global… Continue Reading

Salt Lake County reports first deaths in hepatitis A outbreak

The Salt Lake County Health Department announced Tuesday that two county residents have died in Utah’s ongoing hepatitis A outbreak. The first person died in January but had other health conditions and officials were waiting on tests to declare an official cause of death. The second person died in late March. Both were adults who… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A: Indiana, Kentucky, Utah, Michigan and Canada

Indiana health officials have confirmed 10 cases of hepatitis A, including one restaurant worker. In Louisville, KY, officials say two more food handlers there have been diagnosed with the liver infection. The food handlers could have exposed the public to the highly contagious virus. There is a narrow window of opportunity for exposed customers and… Continue Reading

Kroger customers in Kentucky exposed to hepatitis A virus

A Kroger employee who worked in the produce aisle of a Kentucky grocery store in February exposed an unknown number of people to the highly contagious hepatitis A virus. Produce purchased at the Kroger store at 4915 Dixie Highway in Louisville should be thrown away, according to a statement from The Kroger Co. The Kroger… Continue Reading

Advisory committee revises hepatitis A vaccine guidance

With a unanimous vote, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is recommending that anyone over the age of 12 months, who hasn’t been vaccinated for hepatitis A, should receive the vaccine after the fact if they are exposed to the highly contagious virus. Post-exposure immune globulin should be administered to unvaccinated adults aged 40 and older depending… Continue Reading

Michigan posts 25th hepatitis A death; restaurant worker sick

Some patrons of Red Lobster restaurant in Novi still have time for post-exposure treatment

An outbreak of hepatitis A has claimed another life in Michigan. Also, another restaurant worker has tested positive for the highly contagious virus, exposing an unknown number of people who ate at a Red Lobster in the past month. The death toll in Michigan stands at 25 as of the state health department’s most recent… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A exposures at New York restaurant, senior home

Little time left for people to obtain post-exposure vaccinations for highly contagious liver virus

An employee at a restaurant and a senior living facility in Erie County, NY, who was infected with hepatitis A while working exposed hundreds of people to the highly contagious virus and there is very limited time for them to seek post-exposure vaccinations. It is already past the treatment deadline for some patrons of Al-e-oops… Continue Reading

County requires hepatitis A vaccines for some food workers

Earlier this week the Salt Lake County Board of Health amended “Health Regulation #5: Food Sanitation” to require hepatitis A vaccination for all food workers in an establishment when anyone working in that establishment has been in contact with someone infected with hepatitis A. The amendment is in response to Salt Lake County’s ongoing hepatitis… Continue Reading