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Update: Reported Second NJ Hepatitis A Case Ruled Out

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The New Jersey Department of Health late Thursday ruled out a possible second case of Hepatitis A that had reportedly been identified since the initial case of a food service worker from Rosa’s Restaurant and Catering in Hamilton Township. According to Mayor Kelly Yaede and the Hamilton Township Division of Health, a series of tests conducted… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Warning at North Carolina Nursing Home

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Health officials in North Carolina are warning visitors of the Golden Living Center in the town of Mount Airy that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A virus, according to local news station Fox 8. An employee at the nursing home was recently diagnosed with hepatitis A and might have prepared food while contagious… Continue Reading

Europe’s Three Hepatitis A Outbreaks in 2013: What Can We Learn?

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In the first half of 2013, Europe dealt with three simultaneous outbreaks from the hepatitis A virus. Knowing that at least two of those outbreaks were connected to frozen berries, Europe’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control set out to describe what could be learned from those outbreaks in an article published in Eurosurveillance. Those… Continue Reading

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