LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An employee of a Bearno's Pizza in Louisville has been diagnosed with acute hepatitis A.
The Louisville Department of Health and Wellness says customers that ate at the restaurant at 9222 Westport Road from April 8 to April 22, 2018 may have been exposed to the virus.
The restaurant responded to the announcement in a news release Friday, stating the location had been disinfected and the staff had been educated about the virus, and will offer free vaccines to its employees who had not yet been vaccinated.
In addition, the restaurant will partner with Bearno's, Inc. to reimburse any out of pocket costs to customers who believe they may have been exposed to the virus while dining at the Westport Road location and decide to get vaccinated:
In response to the health alert, the owners of the Bearno's Pizza Westport Road franchise location have partnered with Bearno's, Inc., the franchisor of the local pizza chain, to offer to reimburse any "out of pocket" costs to any customers who decide to get the hepatitis A vaccination shot because they visited the location during the exposure period of April 8 to April 22. Customers interested in getting the shot and getting reimbursed should call the management at the Bearno's Pizza Westport Road at (502)423-1224.
Restaurant officials say interested customers should call management at 502-423-1224.
Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). People may not get sick for between two weeks and two months after being exposed. Anyone showing symptoms should see a doctor.
Hepatitis A is usually transmitted by ingesting food or drink that has been in contact with the feces of an infected person.
In November, the Kentucky Department for Public Health declared a statewide hepatitis A outbreak. There have been 294 cases diagnosed in Louisville. More than 16,000 people have been vaccinated.
The most effective way to prevent hepatitis A infection is to get vaccinated and washing your hands with soap and warm water. It's especially important to wash hands before preparing food or eating, after using the restroom or after changing a child's diaper.
Health officials say hand sanitizer is not as effective as soap and water in protecting against hepatitis A.
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