Health officials investigating possible hepatitis A exposure at Calhoun City restaurant

The state department of health is investigating a case of hepatitis A in an employee at a restaurant in Calhoun City.

Posted: Jul 24, 2019 12:35 PM
Updated: Aug 1, 2019 10:18 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The state department of health is investigating a case of hepatitis A in an employee at a restaurant in Calhoun City.

An employee of Los Encinos Mexican Grill has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, and customers who ate there from July 5 to July 23 might have been exposed, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH).

The restaurant’s address is 132 W Main St.

“The risk of transmission is likely low, but anyone who dined at the restaurant during that time period should consider getting a hepatitis A vaccination from their healthcare provider, pharmacy or any county health department, if they have not been previously immunized” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers.

The following information is from the MSDH.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can be spread when the virus enters the mouth after someone touches an object, food or drink that is contaminated by the feces of an infected person. Symptoms of infection include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, jaundice and abdominal pain. Anyone who has symptoms consistent with hepatitis A should consult their healthcare provider.

“It’s important to always wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom,” said Dr. Byers. “Additionally, the best way to prevent infection is by getting the vaccine. It’s safe and effective.”

The owner of the restaurant, Amanda Chastain, said that the person who worked in the kitchen was not an employee.

Chastain said that the individual was a family member of one of the workers who came in on July 22 and 23.

MORE: Open this link for more information about hepatitis A from the CDC.

Editor's Note: This article was modified to include the CDC link above.

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