Columbus Public Health has identified and continues to investigate a confirmed case of hepatitis A involving a restaurant employee, the city announced on Friday in a press release.
The employee worked at the Taco Shop in Fuzzy, a Mexican food chain located on 479 N. High Street, just south of the Short North, and was in direct contact with food, the city said. As a result, anyone who was there between January 1 and January 16 is advised to get a vaccine against hepatitis A.
Vaccinations will be provided free to the public from midday to 4pm. Saturday at Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Avenue. Local pharmacies and health professionals can also provide vaccines. The statement found that all Fuzzy & # 39; s Taco Shop employees were vaccinated by Columbus Public Health and that no one is currently ill.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that infects the liver. It can be spread through close contact with someone who is sick with hepatitis A, eating food prepared by someone with hepatitis A, or having sex with someone with hepatitis A. Although less dangerous than other forms of hepatitis, it can cause jaundice, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.
People who have hepatitis A can be symptom-free for up to 28 days and during this time they can spread the infection to others.
A line of information has been prepared for questions or information on the Hepatitis A 614-645-1474 vaccine, Option 3.
The Ohio Department of Health declared the outbreak of community-level hepatitis last year after seeing an increase in cases related to certain risk factors. Similar outbreaks occurred in the neighboring states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and West Virginia.
For a list of cases of hepatitis A per county in Ohio, go to: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/outbreak-response-bioterrorism-investigation -team / news / newsevent1.