Hepatitis A reported in Clark County, Champaign County



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Hepatitis A was confirmed in a Frisch employee who worked in Clark and Champaign counties.

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According to a press release, the Champaign Health District and the Clark County Combined Health District are working with the restaurants to vaccinate all employees.

The employee worked at the restaurant located at 1228 Scioto Street in Urbana and 1830 Bechtle Avenue in Springfield.

"We have fully cooperated with the authorities of the health departments and appreciate their continued work to solve this national problem," said a spokesman for Frisch. "The well-being of our guests and members of the team remains our paramount concern."

The Ohio Department of Health declared a state-wide hepatitis A outbreak in June.

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Since March 25, Clark County has investigated 59 cases, including 42 related to the statewide outbreak.

Champaign County has investigated nine cases, six of which related to the statewide outbreak.

"This case of hepatitis A has just highlighted the fact that the state is still in an active epidemic," said Christina Conover, director of nursing at Clark County's Combined Health District. "Handwashing and vaccination are the most effective strategies for fighting this virus."

Hepatitis A is spread by the ingestion of feces from an infected individual.

Symptoms include fatigue, lack of appetite, stomach pain, nausea, clay-colored stools, and yellowish discoloration of the skin and eyes.

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The CDC recommends that anyone 12 months of age or older be vaccinated against hepatitis A.

Anyone interested in the vaccine should contact their health care provider.

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