Hepatitis A case confirmed at McAlister’s Deli in Kingsport, asking some customers to take action

 

Hep A

Customers who ate at the restaurant from March 11-27 should contact the dept.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – Health officials say an employee at a Kingsport restaurant has been diagnosed with hepatitis and some customers need to take action.

According to the Sullivan County Department of Health, an employee at McAlister’s Deli located at 2003 N. Eastman Road has been diagnosed with acute hepatitis A.

The health department says customers who ate at the restaurant from March 11-27 should contact the department for more information.

“If we give the vaccine within two weeks of exposure, then we can prevent the disease,” Dr. May said.

The department says McAlister’s has taken preventative measures, including closing the store for cleaning and requiring vaccination of employees.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). People can become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus. Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention.

The best ways to prevent hepatitis A infection are to get vaccinated and to practice good handwashing to remove germs.

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