CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Ministry of Health Mecklenburg Counti confirms another case of hepatitis A.
[PAST COVERAGE: Mecklenburg Co. health department wraps up hepatitis A vaccinations following outbreak]
Health officials did not identify the person, who they say was a restaurant worker.
Officials said that possible exposure to hepatitis occurred in a rural coffee shop on Congress Street on October 30th. All patrons eating it there on that day are recommended to receive a hepatitis A vaccine.
[CDC: Hepatitis A information]
"After consulting with the state today, we recommend vaccinations for all employees and exposed patrons who ate in Taverna Village at 4201 Congress on Tuesday, October 30," said Public Health Director Gibbie Harris. "According to the Centers for Disease Control, the vaccine must be given within 14 days of exposure in order to be effective."
Vaccinations for the 150 clients who may have been exposed, and for residents who meet high risk factors for hepatitis A, will be administered by the Mecklenburg Counti Ministry of Health on Billingslei Road.
The following public health clinics have been opened:
- Thursday, November 8: 8:00 – 5:00
- Friday, November 9 at 8 am – 5 pm
- Saturday, November 10 at 9:00 am – noon
- Sunday, November 11 at 9 am – noon
- Monday, November 12 at 9:00 am – noon
- Tuesday, November 13: 8:00 – 5:00
A village tavern said she was working with the North Carolina Department of Health, as the server was diagnosed with hepatitis A.
"Yesterday, the North Carolina Department of Health informed us of this situation and took precautionary measures to protect our other employees and our customers," said Tony Santarelli, President and CEO of The Village Tavern, Inc. "The employee was not aware of or showed symptoms on the day he reported to work, and we are not aware that anyone is ill or that this employee is infected by anyone. Nevertheless, food safety and personal hygiene are of the utmost importance in all our restaurants , so that we proactively take every step that is necessary to ensure the well-being of our employees and guests. "
"All of our SouthPark employees are vaccinated within the next 24 hours, according to the recommendation of nurses at the Department of Infectious Diseases," said Santarelli. "We encourage our customers who gave us on October 30 to vaccinate as soon as possible."
Officials at the restaurant said SouthPark's site had been checked several times over the past 24 hours and was found to be fully compliant.
Kanal 9 revealed that the Health Service Service reviewed the village on September 21 and won 87. The restaurant was reviewed on October 10th and received 92.5.
This is the 24th case of hepatitis A reported in the district since the beginning of the year.
In June, health officials said a hard-working employee in West Charlotte was diagnosed with a virus.
Thousands of people were warned to get a vaccine after eating at the Hardee restaurant where the worker worked.
To read more about the outbreak of hepatitis in the county of Mecklenburg click here.
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