Restaurant worker in Boyd County, Ky. diagnosed with Hepatitis A

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) — A food service worker employed at both Waffle House locations in Boyd County was diagnosed with Hepatitis A, and the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department is warning the public about possible exposure.

The agency says the window of exposure was from Feb. 12 to 28. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it can take up to 50 days from exposure to Hepatitis A for symptoms to develop.

All employees at the affected Waffle Houses have since received post-exposure Hepatitis A injections, the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department said Wednesday.

The CDC reports that Hepatitis A is a virus transmitted from person-to-person in different ways, including consumption of contaminated food or water.

Hepatitis A does not result in chronic infection. Symptoms may include fatigue, poor appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice.

The Ashland-Boyd County Health Department reports that a post-exposure vaccine must be given within two weeks of exposure. The last date for the post-exposure vaccine in this case is March 13.

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