Hepatitis A Case Confirmed In Berea

Posted at 10:41 AM, Apr 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-12 10:41:25-04

BEREA, Ky. (LEX 18) –  The Madison County Health Department confirms that a fast food worker in Berea has tested positive for hepatitis A.

The individual works at the McDonald’s on Glades Road in Berea. If you ate at that restaurant on March 23 should keep an eye out for symptoms of hepatitis A, including fever, nausea, grey stools, dark urine, stomach cramps, vomiting, joint pain, and jaundice.

Hepatitis A can be spread when: an infected person does not wash his or her hands properly after going to the bathroom and then touches objects or food; a caregiver does not properly wash his or her hands after changing diapers or cleaning up the stool of an infected person; someone engages in certain sexual activities. Hepatitis A can also be spread through food or water through an ill food handler or by using contaminated items.

If you ate at the restaurant at this time you should monitor your symptoms until around May 12.

Hepatitis A can be prevented by vaccine. Handwashing is critical to prevent the spread of the disease. 

McDonald’s is fully cooperating, the health department confirms. The restaurant has received a health rating of 100.