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CDH Confirms Hepatitis A Case in Downtown Boise Food Service Worker

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CDC/BETTY PARTIN
  • CDC/Betty Partin
A food service worker in downtown Boise has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A, a virus that affects the liver, according to the Central District Health Department.

The worker is confirmed to have been contagious during shifts at Saint Lawrence Gridiron between June 21 and 24, June 27 and July 1, July 5-8, and July 11-14. CDH advises anyone who may have eaten at the restaurant during those periods of time to check their immunization records.

CDH is also vaccinating anyone who ate at Saint Lawrence Gridiron during the employee's infectious period. The risk of contracting the disease through food is low, but anyone who may have come into contact with contaminated food and has not been vaccinated is encouraged to do so, since inoculation within two weeks of exposure to the virus can prevent continued transmission.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A include vomiting, loss of appetite, light-colored stools, dark urine, jaundice, fever and abdominal pain. Symptoms set in within 15 and 50 days of exposure, and people who have contracted the disease are contagious from two weeks before the onset of symptoms to one week after.

Anyone with questions or concerns related to possible exposure at the restaurant may call 208-321-2222.

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