Employees of an Ohio Taco Bell received a preventive vaccine for hepatitis A after a worker had been placed for the infection.
One person at Taco Bell in Warren, Ohio, was confirmed to have a case of hepatitis A, while eight other employees showed symptoms of the virus, WFMJ reported Monday. According to the news channel, the results have not yet come from the hospital.
In a statement too NewsweekThe Taco Bell Corp. said the owner of the franchise affected by the virus had put the employee on leave with the virus and the restaurant was being disinfected. The franchise said it was working with local health officials during the investigation.
"As soon as the operator of this location in Warren, OH, learned that a team member was tested positive for the hepatitis A virus, the franchise began immediately with Taco Bell and local health authorities to work together. The team member in question is on leave and does not return to work until it is cleared up by doctors. All of the team members currently working in this restaurant were vaccinated and the restaurant thoroughly disinfected, "the statement said. "In addition, all team members were offered further training on disease policies and procedures. Ensuring the health and well-being of our team members and our customers is a top priority for us, which is why we take this matter so seriously. "
Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease that usually spreads from person to person or through the consumption of contaminated water or food, such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Symptoms of hepatitis A can occur two to six weeks after infection, including fever, vomiting, fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, joint pain, loss of appetite, nausea, gray stools, and dark urine, according to CDC.
The best way to prevent hepatitis A is vaccinated according to CDC. The CDC suggests that those who should be vaccinated for the virus are one-year-old children, travelers to countries where the virus is common, family members and carers of adoptees from countries with hepatitis A, men who have sexual encounters with other men CDC: consumers of recreational drugs, people with chronic or long-term liver disease, including hepatitis B or hepatitis C and people with coagulation factor disorders.
The Ohio Department of Health declared a nationwide outbreak of hepatitis A in June Dayton Daily News reported. Another Taco Bell employee in Miami Township, Ohio, was diagnosed with hepatitis A in August.
The virus was also discovered in August at a Little Caesar's Pizza Restaurant in Paragould, Arkansas. Health officials said an employee was confirmed to have the virus and encouraged guests who had eaten in the restaurant to get vaccinated for the virus.