OWEN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Health officials in Owen County are warning residents after a worker at local fast-food restaurant was diagnosed with hepatitis A.
The Three Rivers District Health Department said the worker was employed at the McDonald’s at 506 S. Main Street in Owenton.
According to an official statement, the worker was at the restaurant and handling food between Aug. 16 and Aug. 27.
The latest case is part of a widespread outbreak of the infectious viral disease in the Commonwealth. Hepatitis A is spread by contact with fecal matter and can spread due to poor sanitation.
Symptoms, including nausea, fever and stomach pain, usual show up within several weeks of contact, and an infected people can be contagious weeks before showing symptoms themselves.
Health officials encourage anyone with symptoms to see a doctor immediate. Others are being encouraged to consider taking the hepatitis A vaccine.