The Licking County Health Department has recognized a confirmed case of Hepatitis A in an employee at the Little Caesars Pizza in Newark.
Only one case has been recognized, which doesn’t represent an outbreak, and after review of the food handling processes at the facility, the health department has decided the problem represents a really low danger to public health.
The ability closed voluntarily on July 30 to conduct intensive cleansing and facility repairs, and LCHD has worked with the facility to schedule a clinic to offer Hepatitis A vaccinations to all the facility’s staff members.
“These steps have been taken out of an abundance of warning, and the facility has been totally cooperative during this investigation,” health division officers stated.
Foodborne Hepatitis A outbreaks are uncommon, based on the CDC.
The most typical way Hepatitis A is unfolded is from ingesting one thing that has come into contact with the feces from a contaminated individual.
The Ohio Administrative Code requires that an individual with hepatitis A who works in a sensitive occupation shall be excluded from work in the sensitive occupation till ten days after the initial onset of signs, based on the health department.
LCHD recommends that these people, and anybody that wishes to be protected against contracting Hepatitis A, receive the Hepatitis A vaccine. Anybody wishing to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A can contact the Health Department at (740) 349-6535.
LCHD additionally recommends that all county residents follow good personal hygiene, particularly proper handwashing, to guard against not only Hepatitis A, however different diseases as well.