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Taco Bell worker contaminated with hepatitis A; county in Washington points well being alert


May 26, 2023

Well being officers in Snohomish County, WA, are warning individuals who ate at two Taco Bell places to observe themselves for indicators of hepatitis A infections and get vaccinated if they don’t seem to be already.

“Individuals who ate meals from the Taco Bell at 2727 Broadway on Might 22-23 or the Taco Inform at 303 91st Avenue NE in Lake Stevens on Might 23 ought to contact their healthcare supplier or public well being,” in response to the warning from the Snohomish County Well being Division.

An worker who labored at each places has examined constructive for hepatitis A. The confirmed case seems to have been contaminated throughout worldwide journey. The Snohomish County Well being Division is working with the enterprise to determine different employees who have been probably uncovered and join them with prevention data in addition to sources for vaccination and post-exposure prophylaxis, as wanted.

For 2 weeks after publicity a vaccination is efficient from preserving the liver virus from creating. Due to this fact it’s essential for anybody who ate on the eating places on the publicity dates to test their vaccination data. 

The ealth division discover says that people who aren’t vaccinated, immune, or are not sure of their standing ought to contact their healthcare supplier or contact the Snohomish County Well being Division at 425-339-3503 (then press 1) for steering and potential post-exposure prophylaxis to forestall sickness. 

Put up-exposure prophylaxis entails receiving the hep A vaccine or immune globulin (IG), which may present rapid and lasting safety when given inside two weeks of publicity to the hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A vaccine is out there from a number of healthcare suppliers or pharmacies within the county. Anybody who was uncovered and is having hassle discovering a vaccine supplier, or who’s uninsured or underinsured, ought to contact the Well being Division. 

Individuals who have been uncovered ought to monitor themselves for any signs of sickness. Keep dwelling and don’t put together or serve meals for others if in case you have signs. It takes between 15 and 50 days to turn into symptomatic after being uncovered. Early indicators of hepatitis A embody:

  • fever
  • fatigue
  • lack of urge for food
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • darkish urine and jaundice (yellowing of eyes or pores and skin)
  • In case you develop any of those signs, be particularly thorough in handwashing after utilizing the restroom and earlier than making ready or dealing with meals to keep away from probably spreading the sickness additional. Wash arms with cleaning soap and operating water. Make sure to lather and scrub all surfaces together with backs of the arms, wrists, between fingers, and beneath fingernails. 

About hepatitis A
The hepatitis A virus lives within the fecesa or blood of somebody who’s contaminated and sometimes spreads via fecal contamination. The virus could also be unfold from individual to individual via shut contact or via meals dealing with. Constant, thorough handwashing is important to forestall unfold via meals dealing with. 

The sickness varies in severity, with gentle circumstances lasting two weeks or much less. Extra extreme circumstances can final six weeks or longer. Some people, particularly youngsters, might not develop jaundice and should have an sickness so gentle that it could actually go unnoticed. Nonetheless, even mildly in poor health individuals can nonetheless be extremely infectious. Anybody with signs of hepatitis A and potential publicity who is just not vaccinated or immune ought to seek the advice of a healthcare supplier instantly even when signs are gentle.