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Officials Warn Hepatitis A Exposure at Arni Square



LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Tippecanoe County Health Department is diagnosing a case of hepatitis A in an employee handling food at Lafayette Arni's Market Square. According to a report, an investigation found the employee worked while ill on September 13 and 14 before making the diagnosis.

The health authority stated that it was rare for a restaurant patron to become infected with a hepatitis A virus because of an infected food handler. However, they said that anyone who consumed food or drink at the restaurant during those dates was advised to receive hepatitis A vaccination within 14 days of exposure.

Arni & # 39; s works closely with healthcare professionals to prevent new cases from occurring as a result of this case and the restaurant is open for business. and the restaurant was completely disinfected.

A free vaccination clinic for those with potential exposure to hepatitis A is provided at the Tippecano County District Attorney's Office on those dates. The clinics are "walkable" and need not be called for appointments.

Tippecanoe County Health Department
629 N. 6th St., Ste. A, Lafayette, IN
Hep A Hotline: (765) 423-9798

• 8:00 AM-1

2: 00 PM and 1: 00-4: 00 PM on Monday, September 23
• 8:00 AM-12: 00 PM and 1: 00-7: 00 PM on Tuesday, September 24

Anyone who cannot attend these dates should contact their GP as the vaccine should be administered within two weeks of the last day of exposure

The Health Department in Tippecanoe County also states that anyone who consumed food and drink at Arni Square on the market during the dates was also asked to: [19659009] Monitor your health for symptoms of hepatitis A infection up to 50 days after exposure.

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water frequently and thoroughly, especially after using the bathroom and before preparing food.
  • Stay home and contact your healthcare provider immediately if you develop symptoms of hepatitis A. infection.
  • Gently wash hands, including under nails, with soap and water, along with vaccination of anyone who being at risk of infection will help prevent the spread of this disease.
  • WLFI will have an answer from Arnie's owner Brad Cohen tonight in News 18 at 5 and 6.


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