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Third Kanawha County case of Hepatitis A confirmed in food service employee

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department announces the latest case of Hepatitis A in Kanawha County was diagnosed in an employee at O’Charley’s at 70 RHL Boulevard in South Charleston. (MGN Online)

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department said Tuesday that a third case of Hepatitis A has been confirmed in a Kanawha County food service employee.

The latest case was diagnosed in an employee at O’Charley’s at 70 RHL Boulevard in South Charleston, according to a news release from the health department. Two other cases have been confirmed since February. Those cases involved employees who worked at Cold Spot in Nitro and Taco Bell in Belle.

The O’Charley’s employee did not continue working at the restaurant after the diagnosis but worked during the infectious period before diagnosis, which was between April 27 through May 11.

The director of environmental health services has identified no unsafe food handling practices warranting the health department issuing a warning to restaurant patrons suggesting immunizations, the release said. The public transmission risk is low, although the health department recommends patrons who consumed food or drink at O’Charleys between April 27 and May 11 to monitor for Hepatitis A symptoms. The symptoms include abdominal pain, dark urine, fatigue, fever, jaundice, light-colored stools, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. If symptoms do occur, the health department recommends seeking medical attention.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper has called for help from state officials with what he calls a serious outbreak. West Virginia health officials then announced how it was going to help the health department and what they are doing in the state to battle the Hepatitis A outbreak.

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