HORN LAKE, Miss. (WTVA) - The state health department is investigating a case of hepatitis A in a DeSoto County restaurant employee which may have led to possible exposure for customers.
The employee, who works at Papa John’s Pizza at 906 Goodman Road, has been diagnosed with hepatitis A infection.
While infectious, the employee worked at the restaurant from Jan. 28 to Feb. 11.
Customers who ate at the restaurant or received a pizza delivery on those days may have been exposed to hepatitis A, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH).
Vaccination can prevent hepatitis A only if given within 14 days of exposure, MSDH stated. Because customers who ate there or received a pizza delivery between Jan. 28 and Feb. 5 would have been exposed more than 14 days ago, they should watch for any possible symptoms and see their doctor if they become ill.
Customers who ate there or had a pizza delivery from Feb. 6 through Feb. 11 should get a hepatitis A vaccination if they have not been previously vaccinated, MSDH stated.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that causes fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, jaundice, abdominal pain and dark-colored urine. The disease usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of feces from an infected person.
People can prevent the spread of hepatitis A by carefully washing hands with soap and water, including under the fingernails, after using the bathroom or changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food.