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Case Of Hepatitis A Reported At Lexington Restaurant

Posted: 2:44 PM, Feb 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-12 17:21:19-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)- A case of hepatitis A has been reported at a Lexington chicken restaurant.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department confirms a case of hepatitis A has been confirmed in a food-handler at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken located at 321 E Vine St. Lexington, Ky.

As a result, customers who ate at the restaurant from Jan. 23-Feb. 8, 2019, may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus and are advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination.

It is relatively uncommon for restaurant customers to become infected with the virus because of an infected food handler, but anyone who consumed food or drink at the locations during the times stated should get the vaccine, according to the Health Department.

Hepatitis A is transmitted by oral contact with fecal matter. It attacks the liver and causes symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, fever, and jaundice.