Employee of New Albany restaurant diagnosed with hepatitis A

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Floyd County authorities are reporting that one person has been diagnosed with hepatitis A in New Albany.

According to a news release from the Floyd County Health Department, a food service employee at TOMO Restaurant at 4317 Charlestown Road has been diagnosed with the disease. Anyone who ate at the restaurant on March 23, 24, 26, 28, 30 or 31, or April 2, should monitor his or her health to determine if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Fever
  • Stomach ache
  • Dark (cola) colored urine
  • Light colored stools
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin)

Anyone who experiences any of these symptoms should seek medical attention, refrain from preparing or serving food to others, and should wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after eating, and after restroom use.

"Persons can become ill 15 to 20 days after being exposed to the virus," the news release states. "Most people who get hepatitis A feel sick for several weeks, but they usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage."

According to the health department, the disease is typically spread through shared syringes, foods prepared or served by infected individuals, the stool or blood from an infected person and inanimate objects that may have trace amounts of fecal material from hand contact.

Anyone with any questions is urged to contact the Floyd County Health Department at 1917 Bono Road, New Albany, Indiana, at (812) 948-4726.

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