Anniston food handler identified with hepatitis

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 04:28:52 PM. The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating the case.

anniston-food-handler-identified-with-hepatitis photo 1Alabama Department of Public Health 

The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating a case of a food handler infected with hepatitis A.

In an ADPH news release, the department said it is working with Marco's Pizza in Anniston.

Anyone who has eaten food prepared at Anniston's Marco's Pizza by pickup or delivery between Sept. 26 through Oct. 2 should contact their health care provider, pharmacy or the Calhoun County Health Department as soon as possible. Patrons may need the Hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin to reduce their chance of illness.

Hepatitis A is described as a viral infection that can be transmitted person-to-person and by eating food or drinks prepared by an infected person.

The hepatitis A vaccine can prevent infection, but only if given within 14 days of exposure to hepatitis A. The Hepatitis A vaccine can be given to persons 12 months to 40 years of age who have never had the vaccine. Persons over 40 years old can sometimes take the Hepatitis A vaccine or may require immune globulin.

Burnestine Taylor, ADPH medical officer for disease control and prevention, said adults with hepatitis A may have symptoms that include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice. These symptoms usually resolve within two months of infection.

Children less than 6 years of age generally do not have symptoms or have an unrecognized infection. Almost all people who get hepatitis A recover completely.

It is rare for hepatitis A to cause severe illness, but persons 50 years of age or older and those with other liver diseases are more at risk.

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