Barrie Possible Hep An exposure to the Barrie eatery News Center

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HEPATITIS EXPOSURE TO THE BARRIE RESTAURANT

The immunization clinics of hepatitis A are held from Friday to Sunday, 19-21 July 2019, from the health unit in response to potential exposure to hepatitis A in a local restaurant.

Staff and customers of the State & Main restaurant, located at 467 Cundles Road East in Barrie, may have been exposed to hepatitis A virus in recent weeks through a food handler working in the restaurant that was diagnosed with the virus .

The hepatitis A virus is easily transmitted from person to person and can be spread when people who have the virus can contaminate food, drinks, surfaces and objects such as cutlery or plates.

The staff and customers of State & Main who have eaten or drunk during the following dates and times may have been exposed:

Friday, June 21, 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm.
Thursday 27 June, 4.30pm – 10.30pm.
Friday 28 June, from 10:30 to 22:30
Saturday 29 June, at 4.30pm – 9.30am
Thursday 4th July, 5.30 pm – 8:45 pm
Friday 5 July at 6:30 am – midnight
Wednesday, 10 July, 15:30 – 08:30
Thursday 11 July at 4.30pm – 9.00pm

Those who have eaten or drunk at the restaurant during the periods listed above must be immunized at the clinics at the health unit at 15 Sperling Drive, Barrie, on:

Friday 19 July, from 16:00 to 20:00
Saturday 20 July, from 10:00 to 18:00
Sunday 21 July, from 10 to 18

There may be long waiting times at these clinics, so we thank you in advance for your patience.

Those who have not eaten or drunk at a restaurant during one of the periods identified above do not need to be immunized. There are no current risks for those visiting the restaurant. The restaurant works closely with the sanitary unit and this event is not a direct reflection on the restaurant, since this disease can happen at any time in any environment.

Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. The symptoms of hepatitis A usually develop about four weeks after exposure to the virus, although this period may vary from 15 to 50 days. Symptoms may include fever, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal discomfort, a general feeling of malaise, followed by a few days of jaundice. People who are immunocompromised, are older or have a pre-existing chronic liver disease are more at risk of serious illness.

The staff of the medical unit will be able to answer questions by telephone until 8.00 pm. Friday 19 July. Call 705-721-7520, or 1-877-721-7520, extension 5829. Telephone lines will remain open Saturday and Sunday (20-21 July) from 10:00 to 18:00.

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