Hepatitis A confirmed in second Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant

Published: Aug. 23, 2016 at 8:36 PM HST|Updated: Aug. 23, 2016 at 8:50 PM HST
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A second Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant has been sickened with Hepatitis A in an ongoing outbreak.

The outbreak was caused by tainted scallops served raw at Genki Sushi eateries on Oahu and Kauai.

The state Health Department said Tuesday that the flight attendant served food and beverages on the following flights:

  • style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: 150%;">July 31 -- Flight HA22 from Honolulu to Seattle
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;">Aug. 1 – Flight HA21 from Seattle to Honolulu
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;">Aug. 10– Flight HA18 from Honolulu to Las Vegas
  • style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;">Aug. 12 – Flight HA17 from Las Vegas to Honolulu

The public is being alerted to the case as a precaution, the Health Department said. The risk of transmission is extremely low.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Health Department has identified frozen scallops from the Philippines as the source of the outbreak, which has so far sickened 206 people.

“This case is a reminder that hepatitis A symptoms can appear up to 50 days after exposure,” said Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist. "This is why we expect to continue to see cases in coming weeks, and why we need to remain vigilant to prevent further transmission, even though the product has been pulled off the market.”

For detailed information on the Hawaiian Airlines case and details on vaccine reimbursement, click here.

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