SPRINGFIELD, OH (WCMH) — A worker at two different Frisch’s restaurants in Clark and Champaign counties has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.
According to a release from the Clark County Combined Health District and the Champaign County Health District, a Frisch’s restaurant employee that worked at 1228 Scioto St. in Urbana and 1831 N. Bechtle Ave. in Springfield has been diagnosed with a case of hepatitis A.
The Ohio Department of Health declared a statewide outbreak of hepatitis A in June 2018.
“This case of hepatitis A just highlights the fact that the state is still in an active outbreak,” said Christina Conover, Nursing Director, Clark County Combined Health District. “Proper handwashing and vaccination are the most effective strategies to combat this virus.”
A spokesperson from Frisch’s issued a statement saying, “We have fully cooperated with Health Department authorities, and appreciate their ongoing work in addressing this nationwide issue. The well-being of our guests and team members remains our paramount concern.”
The disease, which affects the liver, can be spread by ingesting fecal matter from an infected individual.
Symptoms of hepatitis A include:
- Low appetite
- Stomach pain
- Clay-colored stools
- Jaundice (yellowish color to the skin and eyes)
Who is at greater risk for hepatitis A?
- People who use street drugs whether they are injected or not
- People who are incarcerated
- People experiencing homelessness
- Men who have sex with men
- People with direct contact with individuals infected with the virus
- People who have traveled to other areas of the U.S. currently experiencing outbreaks
While the groups mentioned above are at greater risk, the CDC recommends anyone 12 months or older receive the hepatitis A vaccine. Anyone interested in vaccination should contact their healthcare provider, local pharmacy or their local health district.