MT STERLING, Ky. (LEX 18) – The Montgomery County Health Department confirms that an employee at the Pilot station’s Subway has tested positive for hepatitis A.
The case is reported at the Pilot on Owingsville Road and the employee was involved in food preparation.
The Health Department immediately conducted a restaurant inspection to confirm the restaurant was following required food handling regulations, including ensuring all food handlers were wearing gloves and using a surface cleaner that kills the hepatitis A virus.
The facility passed inspection and was found to be following all safe food handling procedures. Management has cooperated fully with the Health Department and has partnered with the Montgomery County Health Department to offer vaccination to employees.
While the risk of transmission to the public has been determined to be low from this reported case, individuals who visited Pilot Subway from Sept. 10 to Sept. 19, 2018, should be aware of possible symptoms. The most common symptoms of hepatitis A are nausea, vomiting, weight loss, fatigue, fever, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), joint pain, light-colored stools, and dark colored urine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states it can take up to 50 days from exposure to hepatitis A for symptoms to develop. There have been no cases of hepatitis A in Montgomery County linked to being exposed at restaurants at this time.