Health Alert: Cheesecake Factory Employee Had Hepatitis A

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While assuring the public that there is no evidence of an outbreak, the Central District Health Department is alerting the public that an employee of the Cheesecake Factory on North Milwuakee Road in Boise was infected with the hepatitis A virus, but is no longer infectious.

CDHD is alerting patrons who may have dined at the restaurant between Dec. 13, 2011, and Jan. 22, 2012, that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A. If a person has had a hepatitits A vaccine or have had the illness in the past, the CDHD said they are protected from the infection.

"The risk to the public health is extremely low because the employee was not involved in food preparation," said a statement from CDHD. "Still, there is the possibility that patrons could have been exposed to hepatitis A."

The hepatitis A virus is usually spread by eating or drinking items that have been handled by someone with the virus who hasn't properly washed their hands after using the bathroom.

There is no specific treatment for the disease but symptoms may be treated and rehydration may become necessary.

Symptoms usually occur abruptly and may include:
-fever
-loss of appetite
-abdominal discomfort
-jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
-tiredness
-nausea
-dark urine

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