Big Island food service worker confirmed to have Hepatitis A

Big Island food service worker confirmed to have Hepatitis A

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaii Island food service worker has fallen ill from Hepatitis A, the state Health Department has confirmed.

The employee appears to have been exposed to the disease on Oahu, where the outbreak has so far been confined, DOH officials said in a news release.

The employee worked at Sushi Shiono Waikoloa, at Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Anyone who ate at the fast food and catering restaurant from July 5 to July 21 could have been exposed to Hepatitis A, health officials said.

Since the outbreak started in mid-June, 93 people have gotten sick. Of those, 29 have been hospitalized.

The source of the outbreak, however, remains undetermined.

Earlier, health officials confirmed that two food service workers, one at Baskin-Robbins in Waikele and one at the Taco Bell in Waipio had fallen ill.

The Department of Health urged all of the eateries' customers during specific periods to alert their healthcare providers, but emphasized, neither Baskin Robbins nor Taco Bell are believed to be where the outbreak originated.

"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," Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist, said in a news release.

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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