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New Hepatitis A Cases Confirmed With Ties To Area Restaurants

Posted at 4:01 PM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 17:22:00-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington-Fayette County Health Department tells LEX 18 that it has confirmed additional cases of hepatitis A at three area restaurants.

The restaurants are: Hardee’s at 2990 Richmond Road in Lexington, Nov. 23,-26; Waffle House at 2347 Buena Vista Road in Lexington, Nov. 11-19; and Waffle House at 4 Carol Road in Winchester, Nov. 20.

Customers who ate at the restaurants in November may have been exposed to hepatitis A.

It is relatively uncommon for restaurant customers to become infected with the virus because of an infected food handler, but anyone who consumed food or drink at the locations during the times stated should get the vaccine, according to the Health Department.

The staff who have hepatitis A will remain off work until cleared for return, and the facilities are being cleaned.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools, and jaundice.