North Carolina Health officials are urging patrons of a restaurant at a Cashiers resort to receive vaccinations after learning an employee there had hepatitis A.
Any patron who ate at High Hampton Inn between April 26 and May 1 is considered at risk, according to the Jackson County Health Department. Those exposed could experience symptoms as early as May 10 and as late as June 20.
It is recommended restaurant patrons get a hepatitis A vaccine as a precautionary measure.
Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. It is usually spread by eating or drinking items that have been contaminated with the virus or by close personal contact with an infected person. Symptoms appear two to seven weeks after exposure and commonly include fever, a feeling of being unwell, loss of appetite, diarrhea, nausea and abdominal discomfort. Urine may become darker in color and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes) can appear.
The health department noted that some individuals, particularly children, might not develop jaundice and have an illness so mild that it goes unnoticed. However, even mildly ill people can still be highly infectious. There is no specific treatment once a person has hepatitis A, the health department said, and most people recover without complications after several weeks. People who have pre-existing liver problems can become extremely ill if they contract hepatitis A. Anyone experiencing symptoms should see a doctor.
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