Health officials say a Frisch restaurant employee who worked in two places – one in Clark County and another in Shampane County – is confirmed to have hepatitis A.
The Champaign Health and Combined Area Clark County are working with restaurants to vaccinate all employees at Scioto 1228 Street in Urbana and 1830 Bechtle Avenue in Springfield.
The risk of transmitting patrons is extremely low due to the availability of safe food handling procedures. Advertisement – The story continues below
A Frisch spokesman issued a statement stating: "We have fully cooperated with the healthcare authorities and appreciate their ongoing work on resolving this national issue. The well-being of our guests and team members remains our primary concern. "
The Ohio Department of Health announced an outbreak of hepatitis A in the country last June. As of March 25, Clark County Combined Health County has investigated 59 cases of hepatitis A, 42 related to the outbreak across the country. The Shampei Health District has investigated 9 cases of hepatitis A, 6 related to the outbreak across the country.
"This case of hepatitis A simply highlights the fact that the state is still in an active focus," said Christina Connor, Director of Medical Care, Clark County Combined Health Area. "Proper handwashing and vaccination are the most effective strategies to combat this virus."
The disease that affects the liver can be spread by swallowing fecal matter from an infected individual. Symptoms of hepatitis A include: