The Northwestern Health District said that more clients could have been exposed to hepatitis A in a McDonald's North Georgia.
In a statement, a spokesman said: "The ongoing investigation and monitoring in the North West Health District (…) indicate that it is necessary to extend the period of risk of transmission of hepatitis up to March 29, 2019. "
The initial period of possible exposure ended on March 17. We asked Logan Boss for a reason why the risk window had been extended, but he could not give us any specific reason because of confidentiality issues.
We also asked if their investigation revealed that other employees had been affected. He was not able to answer that question either.
The owner of Chickamauga McDonald's, Jim Aaron, said that at that time, the health department had still confirmed to him that only one employee had tested positive. He says that the extension of the window is a matter of caution.
The health district went on to say …
"Free vaccination against hepatitis A will continue to be provided to health departments in Catoosa and Walker counties on Wednesday, April 3, from 8 am to 6 pm; Thursday, April 4, from 8 am to 6 pm; Friday, April 5, from 8 am to noon and April 8 to April 12, during regular working hours.
Catoosa County Health Department, 145 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, GA 706-406-2000
Walker County Department of Health, 603 E. Villanow Street, LaFayette, GA 30728 706-638-5577
Anyone who has consumed food and / or drunk at the restaurant during this time should also:
- Watch for their health status to detect symptoms of hepatitis A until fifty days after exposure.
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water frequently and thoroughly, especially after using the bathroom and before preparing food.
- Stay home and contact your health care provider immediately if any symptoms of hepatitis A infection develop.
Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can lead to loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, fever, stomach pain, dark urine and pale stools. Yellowing of the skin or eyes may also appear. A person can be sick up to fifty days after being exposed to the virus.
Hepatitis A is contracted when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food or beverages contaminated with small, undetected amounts of stool coming from a body. infected person. The virus spreads when an infected person does not wash their hands well after using the toilet or adopts behaviors that increase the risk of infection. Careful washing of the hands, including under the nails, with soap and water, as well as vaccination of anyone at risk of infection, will prevent the spread of this disease . "
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