JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State Department of Health is investigating a case of hepatitis A in a food service worker that could have led to possible exposure for customers.
State health officials say patrons of Dixie Depot Courtyard Lane deli in Lucedale may have been exposed if they ate there between Aug. 19-21, Aug. 23-24 and Aug. 26-31 from the hours of 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers says the transmission risk is low. Still, he says they're recommending patrons consider getting a vaccination if not previously immunized. It's free for those suspected of being exposed on Wednesday through Friday at the George County Health Department.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that causes fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, jaundice, abdominal pain and dark-colored urine.
Lucedale is approximately 40 miles northeast of Biloxi.