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Boyd Health Department says food worker diagnosed with Hepatitis A

The Ashland-Boyd County Health Department says a food worker was diagnosed with Hepatitis A at Callihan's American Pub and Grill Tuesday. (MGN Online)

The Ashland-Boyd County Health Department said a food worker was diagnosed with Hepatitis A at Callihan's American Pub and Grill.

The food worker at the restaurant located at 10699 U.S. Route 60 in Ashland was diagnosed Tuesday, according to a news release from the health department. Callihan's is working with the health department to prevent any new cases arising as a result of this case. All employees who have not been vaccinated will be required to receive the vaccine prior to returning to work.

The health department said strict hand washing is most effective in preventing transmission. Hand sanitizer does not kill the virus.

Health officials said Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can cause loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, stomach pain, brown colored urine, and light-colored stools. Yellowing of the skin or eyes may also appear. People may have some or none of these symptoms. It could take up to 50 days after being exposed to the virus for someone to become ill but most people experience symptoms within 28-30 days after being exposed.

The Department of Public Health is recommending vaccination for everyone residing Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd counties.

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