VERSAILLES, Ky. (LEX 18) – A case of hepatitis A has been confirmed in a fast food worker in Woodford County.
According to the Woodford County Health Department, a former employee of the McDonald’s on United Drive tested positive for the virus.
The employee worked at the store until December 1 and was diagnosed December 6.
Health officials believe there is a low chance of patrons becoming infected.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that is usually spread when a person unknowingly eats or drinks something contaminated by small amounts of stool from an infected person.
Washing your hands with soap and warm water after using the bathroom, changing a diaper or before making food and drinks can help stop the spread of hepatitis A.
Symptoms of hepatitis A are fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention.
People may have some or none of these symptoms. People can become ill 15-50 days after being exposed to the virus. Someone sick with hepatitis A is most likely to spread the virus during the two weeks before feeling sick and for 1 week after yellow eyes and skin start. Children often do not exhibit symptoms. Although rare, death can occur from this infection.