Is it hepatitis A day and no one told me?

After posting this week’s infosheet on a Brazilian soccer club’s hep A outbreak possibly linked to dirty water bottles we picked up three more stories on hep A exposures:

Cincinnati, OH:
A food handler at a PF Chang’s restaurant in West Chester, OH was diagnosed with hepatitis A earlier this week, and today there was a report of the vaccination clinic running out vaccine and sending exposed individuals to an urgent care facility as a back up (resulting in wait times upwards of three hours).

Boise, ID:

Nearly 300 people were vaccinated for hepatitis A at Boise’s Central District Health this past week.
The rush came after a health scare at the Red Feather Lounge where an employee confirmed infected with the virus

New Zealand:

An orchard worker was found  to have hepatitis A and was  sent home to the Solomon Islands.
The fruitpicker, who was working at Apollo Pac in Whakatu for the season, was referred to the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board’s (DHB’s) public health unit with the symptoms of Hepatitis A, including nausea and jaundice. The DHB’s medical officer of health Caroline McElnay was cited as saying  23 people who had been living in close quarters with the person had also been screened for the disease and given an injection of antibodies for temporary protection.

Happy hep A day.

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About Ben Chapman

Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.