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Maine CDC: Patrons of Unnamed Restaurant May Have Been Exposed to Hepatitis A

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A food service worker with an acute Hepatitis A infection has been identified in Cumberland County, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC). The worker served food while infectious from Sept. 29 to Oct. 11, 2014. Officials did not disclose the name of the Cumberland County restaurant that employed the… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Sickens 3 in Alabama

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At least three people in Clarke County, AL, have fallen ill with Hepatitis A, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. The health department is investigating how the patients might been sickened. Two of the individuals reportedly have a history of international travel. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis… Continue Reading

Last Year’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Sickened 1,444 People in Europe

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At least 1,444 cases of Hepatitis A were reported in 12 European countries in connection with a variety of mixed berry products last year, according to the final outbreak report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The first signs of the outbreak emerged in May 2013, when Germany reported seven infections in people who… Continue Reading

Officials Warn Public of Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Texas Burger Restaurant

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Health officials in Austin, TX, have alerted the public about possible Hepatitis A exposure at a Whataburger restaurant in central Austin after a restaurant employee at the 2800 Guadalupe St. location was diagnosed with the virus. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that is usually spread when a person ingests something that has been contaminated… Continue Reading

Colorado Restaurant to Stay Closed for Weeks After Hepatitis A Scare

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Tortilla Marissa’s, a Mexican restaurant in Fort Collins, CO, will not reopen until August 9 because of the Hepatitis A scare that the restaurant faced at the end of June, according to the Coloradoan. The Larimer County Health Department has advised the owners to keep the restaurant closed that long due to the virus’ relatively… Continue Reading

Free Hepatitis A Shots Available in Fort Collins for Tortilla Marissa’s Customers

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More free Hepatitis A vaccines are available from 1-4 p.m. MDT today for people who ate at Tortilla Marissa’s restaurant in Fort Collins, CO, after June 17. The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment is distributing the vaccines at its clinic in Fort Collins. People who ate at that restaurant after June 17 are encouraged to… Continue Reading

Colorado Health Officials Warn of Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Fort Collins Restaurant

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The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment in Fort Collins, CO, notified the public on Friday about a possible exposure to the Hepatitis A virus through Tortilla Marissa’s restaurant at 2635 S. College Ave. in Fort Collins. Health officials said that a food worker employed at Tortilla Marissa’s had tested positive for Hepatitis A,… Continue Reading

Insurance Carrier Wants Internationally Based Outbreak Considered a Single Event

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Last year’s multistate outbreak of Hepatitis A virus infections linked to pomegranate seeds from Turkey left behind more than 3,000 claims for illnesses caused by HAV-contaminated pomegranate arils and more than 25 lawsuits in state and federal courts. Now one of the insurance carriers involved is asking the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District… Continue Reading

5,000 Customers Potentially Exposed to Hepatitis A at Missouri Red Robin

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is vaccinating customers of a Red Robin restaurant in Springfield, MO, who may have been exposed to Hepatitis A between May 8-16. Health officials are worried that 5,000 people may have been exposed after a restaurant worker was diagnosed with the virus. In order for the vaccine to work, it must… Continue Reading

Final Report: No Source Identified in 2013 NYC Hepatitis A Outbreak

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A final report on last summer’s Hepatitis A outbreak at New Hawaii Sea restaurant in the Bronx, NY, reveals that there were a total of nine cases (eight patrons and one employee). No definite source of the infection was ever found, according to the report from the New York City Department of Health and Mental… Continue Reading