Hepatitis A alert: Maine CDC reports case in food service worker – Health warning issued!

Visual Representation for Hepatitis A infection | Credits: Getty Images
Visual Representation for Hepatitis A infection | Credits: Getty Images

United States: A case of Hepatitis A has been reported by the Maine Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The case has been detected in a food service worker who was employed at Legends Rest Taproom and Paper City Barbecue, both located at 855 Main St. in Westbrook.

It is noteworthy that in the following case, a health alert has been issued by the health agency.

Details about the case!

According to the health agency, the worker was employed at both establishments for around 15 days. The days of employment were scattered between the months of January and February, as per the reports by bnnbreaking.com.

The dates mentioned by the agency while sharing the preliminary information were January 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 31, as well as February 2, 3, and 4.

Be cautious; alert the CDC!

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has asked the staff and patrons to throw away any leftover food during the above-mentioned dates. Further, the CDC has also urged the people – who were at the locations during the days to consult a doctor or medical practitioner.

Visual Representation for Hepatitis A Testing

While emphasizing the vaccine and its importance in fighting against the infection, the CDC mentioned that an individual must take vaccination within 14 days of their last visit to decrease the threat of the illness.

Additionally, the reports by bnnbreaking.com claimed that due to the ongoing situation, the authorities have asked to temporarily close Legends Rest Taproom and perform deep cleaning. CDC outlined that this should be done as a precautionary measure.

Further, the reports underlined that Paper City BBQ was naturally closed on the day the case was registered.

Elevated cases of Hepatitis A in Maine!

According to the stats shared by Maine CDC, the cases related to Hepatitis A have been increasing since 2019. Now, the latest case has served as a reminder for the general public and owners of food stores to follow all the directions to maintain hygiene.

Following this new case, the health authorities have been working tirelessly with the management of both restaurants to ensure safety and prevent exposure.

In addition to this, the authorities are also asking the general public to get vaccinated against such preventable diseases.

Which symptoms are signs of Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a contagious disease that affects the liver of an individual. However, the severity of the disease varies from one person to another, as it can last for a few weeks to several months.

Visual Representation for Hepatitis A virus | Credits: Getty Images

Health experts have underlined that in the majority of cases, the symptoms of the disease start appearing within 15 to 50 days after exposure.

Some of the common symptoms of the disease are listed below:

  • Loss of Appetite
  • Stomach ache
  • Joint pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and
  • Fever.
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