Going public: Hepatitis A in Houston edition

The Houston Health Department is following the mantra of share what you know, what you don’t know and be available for questions following a hepatitis A incident in Houston, TX.

According to 2 Houston, a student at Stephen F. Austin high school was diagnosed with hepatitis a and public health department officials alerted students, parents and staff that there they may have been exposed. Transmission of the virus happens when the poop of an infected person ends in someones mouth either through hands, objects, food, or drinks.stone_cold_steve_austin_01

Dates of exposure are April 20 to May 11 and Health Department officials are visiting the school to engage with the community for public information/Q&A sessions.

There are probably lots of students who work at restaurant/retail stores who also work at Stephen F. Austin.

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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.