LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says that there is a confirmed case of hepatitis A at the restaurant Roosters on Marketplace Drive.
They say that an employee was diagnosed with hepatitis A and that as a result, customers who ate at the restaurant on April 16, 2019, may have been exposed to the virus. Customers are advised to get the hepatitis A vaccination.
Health department officials say that it is relatively uncommon for restaurant customers to become infected with the virus due to an infected food handler. However, they still recommend getting vaccinated.
The ill employee is not working at the restaurant and will remain off work until cleared to return. Environmental health inspectors are ensuring that the facility is properly cleaned and they are reviewing recommendations regarding employee health and exclusion of ill workers going forward.
You can prevent hepatitis A by getting vaccinated and practicing good hand washing after using the restroom, changing a diaper, and before making food and drinks.
Symptoms of the virus are fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). People can become ill 15-50 days after being exposed to the virus. Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention.