Hawaii Taco Bell employee tests positive for Hepatitis A

Hawaii Taco Bell employee tests positive for Hepatitis A

WAIPIO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii State Department of Health on Friday confirmed a new case of Hepatitis A infection in a food service employee on Oahu.

The employee worked at the fast food restaurant, Taco Bell, located on Ukee Street in Waipio. As a result, health officials are advising anyone who ate or drank products from this store on the following dates to call their doctor: June 16, 17, 20, 21, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, and July 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 11. Customers may have been exposed to the disease and should consult with a healthcare provider about receiving the Hepatitis A vaccine.

The Hepatitis A outbreak on Oahu has now infected at least 52 people. Earlier this week, state health officials confirmed that an employee at the Baskin-Robbins in Waikele had also tested positive for the disease.

"It is important to note that neither the Waikele Baskin-Robbins nor the Waipio Taco Bell have been identified as the source of infection for this outbreak," said State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park in a news release.

"These are merely places where the victims were employed.  The likelihood that patrons of these food establishments will become infected is very low, but to prevent possible additional cases, we are notifying the public so they may seek advice and help from their healthcare providers."

Symptoms of Hepatitis A infection include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, diarrhea, and yellow skin and eyes.

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