Hawaiian Airlines, Chili's employees are Hawaii's latest Hep A cases

Hawaiian Airlines, Chili's employees are Hawaii's latest Hep A cases
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant and a Chili's Kapolei food service worker are among the latest confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in Hawaii, the state Health Department said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, officials said the source of the outbreak remains unknown. As of July 26, some 93 people have been sickened in the growing Hepatitis A outbreak.

The flight attendant was potentially infectious from July 1 to 26, when flying inter-island and mainland routes. Hawaiian Airlines has posted more information on affected flights here.

Meanwhile, the Chili's worker was potentially infectious from July 10 to July 27.

The Health Department has been alerting the public when food service workers get Hepatitis A because of the potential of transmission to customers. The Hawaiian Airlines case is being publicized because the affected flight attendant served drinks and meals to passengers.

Hepatitis spreads through fecal matter that gets into food or drink -- then is consumed. Someone can have Hepatitis A for a month or longer before exhibiting symptoms.

"At this time, no infections have been linked to exposure at these businesses and they are not sources of the outbreak," said state Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park, in a news release. "We are alerting the public only as a precaution; the risk of transmission is extremely low and these businesses are working with us to help prevent potentially new cases in our community."

People who consumed food or beverages during the identified periods should contact their healthcare providers, and monitor their health for symptoms of Hepatitis A.

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

Other affected food establishments have included Costco Hawaii Kai, Baskin-Robbins in Waikele and Taco Bell in Waipio.

For more information on the outbreak, click here.

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