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Durham Friends Meetinghouse Linked to Hepatitis A Risk

Food Safety News reports, Health officials in Maine have traced a case of Hepatitis A back to a community dinner in the town of Durham. Attendees who ate at the Durham Friends Meetinghouse over the weekend of Sept. 28 have been encouraged to receive a vaccine for Hepatitis A if they have not previously been vaccinated.

Approximately 100 people are believed to have attended the dinner.

Those who receive vaccines within two weeks of exposure to Hepatitis A have a good chance of staving off illness.

The Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a free vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Durham Eureka Community Center.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A illness include fatigue, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Hepatitis A Lawsuit to be Filed in New York

Over 2,500 Hepatitis A Vaccines given.

In response to cases of hepatitis A infections in an employee and four customers at New Hawaii Sea restaurant, located at 1475 Williamsbridge Road in the Bronx, the Health Department is urging customers who ate at the restaurant, either in-store, through catering or delivery, between September 7th and September 19th to receive hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible. Any leftover food from this restaurant should also be discarded.

Any person who ate at New Hawaii Sea, either in-store, through catering or delivery, between September 7th and September 19th is considered at risk and is recommended to receive hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible. Any person who ate food from this restaurant before September 7th should be evaluated if they have symptoms suggestive of infection. The Health Department is working with the restaurant to ensure that all the food handlers are vaccinated. The restaurant is cooperating fully with the Health Department and will remain closed until enough employees are vaccinated to reopen safely.

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CDC Townsend Farms Hepatitis A Update

As of September 20, 2013, 162 people have been confirmed to have become ill from hepatitis A after eating ‘Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend’ in 10 states: Arizona (23), California (79), Colorado (28), Hawaii (8), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (1), New Mexico (11), Nevada (6), Utah (3), and Wisconsin (2). [Note: The cases reported from Wisconsin resulted from exposure to the product in California, the cases reported from New Hampshire reported fruit exposure during travel to Nevada, and the case reported in New Jersey was a household contact of a confirmed case from Colorado.] Currently, 6 of the confirmed cases are household contacts of confirmed cases (secondary cases).

90 (56%) ill people are women

Ages range from 1 – 84 years;

94 (58%) of those ill were between 40 – 64 years of age.

11 children age 18 or under were also ill. None were previously vaccinated.

Illness onset dates range from 3/31/2013 – 7/26/2013

71 (44%) ill people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported

New York Health Department Warns Patrons Of New Hawaii Sea Restaurant In The Bronx Of Possible Exposure To Hepatitis A From September 7th To September 19th

Customers who ate food from New Hawaii Sea Restaurant in the Bronx (1475 Williamsbridge Road) Between Those Dates Should Get Hepatitis A Vaccine as soon as possible

Five Cases of Hepatitis A at the Restaurant; One Employee, Four Patrons

September 20, 2013 – In response to cases of hepatitis A infections in an employee and four customers at New Hawaii Sea restaurant, located at 1475 Williamsbridge Road in the Bronx, the Health Department is urging customers who ate at the restaurant, either in-store, through catering or delivery, between September 7th and September 19th to receive hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible. Any leftover food from this restaurant should also be discarded.

Hepatitis A is spread by eating food (even though it might look clean) that has been contaminated by an infected person. Symptoms include jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin), fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea. People typically develop symptoms of hepatitis A infection about one month (range is 15 to 50 days) after they are exposed to the virus. If people are vaccinated within 14 days of exposure, vaccination can prevent the disease from occurring.

Any person who ate at New Hawaii Sea, either in-store, through catering or delivery, between September 7th and September 19th is considered at risk and is recommended to receive hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible. Any person who ate food from this restaurant before September 7th should be evaluated if they have symptoms suggestive of infection. The Health Department is working with the restaurant to ensure that all the food handlers are vaccinated. The restaurant is cooperating fully with the Health Department and will remain closed until enough employees are vaccinated to reopen safely.

People can visit their regular doctor to receive this shot. The Health Department will offer hepatitis A vaccinations starting tomorrow, September 21st at the Herbert Lehman High School, 3000 East Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461 at the following times:

Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 2-8 pm

Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 2-8 pm

For vaccination clinic updates to your mobile device, text HEPA to 877877.

People who have health insurance should bring their insurance information. People who do not have health insurance will receive vaccine free of charge. Women who are pregnant will not be treated at our site and should consult their doctor as far as potential vaccination. People with immune-compromising conditions should consult their doctor to discuss whether to receive vaccine or a different preventive treatment.

People who were exposed but have already received two doses of hepatitis A vaccine sometime in their life do not need another shot; all others should be vaccinated.

“We are asking all restaurant patrons and employees to get this vaccination as soon as possible,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. “If people experience symptoms, they should see a doctor immediately. This incident serves as an important reminder to always wash your hands thoroughly before handling food to prevent the spread of disease.”

About Hepatitis

Hepatitis type A is a liver disease caused by a virus. It is spread from person to person by putting something in the mouth (even though it might look clean) that has been contaminated with traces of fecal matter from an infected person. There are no special medicines or antibiotics that can be used to treat a person once the symptoms appear. While some people who have chronic liver disease or a weakened immune system could experience more severe illness and require hospitalization, hepatitis A is rarely fatal (fewer than 1% of cases).

In order for the vaccine to be most effective in preventing disease, people should be vaccinated within 14 days. The earlier the vaccine is given, the more effective it is in preventing the disease.

About the Investigation

The Health Department investigates all cases of hepatitis A in New York City. The Department was notified of this case on September 19, began the investigation, and inspected the restaurant that day. An average of 50-60 cases of hepatitis A are reported to the Health Department in New York City each year, with 1-2 occurring in food handlers.

For more information on Hepatitis A, please visit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/living/cd-hepatitisabc.shtml

Townsend Farms Hepatitis A Count Hits 161

As of September 3, 2013, 161 people have been confirmed to have become ill from hepatitis A after eating ‘Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend’ in 10 states: Arizona (23), California (78), Colorado (28), Hawaii (8), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (1), New Mexico (11), Nevada (6), Utah (3), and Wisconsin (2). [Note: The cases reported from Wisconsin resulted from exposure to the product in California, the cases reported from New Hampshire reported fruit exposure during travel to Nevada, and the case reported in New Jersey was a household contact of a confirmed case from Colorado.] Currently, 6 of the confirmed cases are household contacts of confirmed cases (secondary cases).

89 (55%) ill people are women

Ages range from 1 – 84 years

92 (57%) of those ill were between 40 – 64 years of age

11 children age 18 or under were also ill. None were previously vaccinated

Illness onset dates range from 3/31/2013 – 7/26/2013

70 (43%) ill people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported

Hepatitis A Hotline Extended Hours

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) is investigating a case of Hepatitis A virus in an individual who worked at the Driver’s Seat Restaurant, 62 Jobs Lane, Southampton, New York.  Patrons who consumed food or beverage at this establishment between August 6th and August 20th may have been exposed to Hepatitis A.  Preventive treatment for Hepatitis A virus can help to prevent or lessen the severity of illness when given within two weeks of exposure.

SCDHS will offer free Hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin (IG) to individuals who dined at this establishment between August 16th and August 20th .  Treatment is offered at the 3rd Floor Teaching Center, Southampton Hospital, 240 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, at the following times:

Friday, August 30                     3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 31                 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Monday, September 2              10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 3              3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Treatment will also be offered at SCDHS offices, 3500 Sunrise Hwy, Suite 124, Great River on:

Friday,  August 30                    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 3              9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Potentially exposed individuals may also receive preventive treatment from their health care provider.  Preventive treatment is not recommended for individuals potentially exposed before August 16, 2013. Those individuals should be aware of the signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A and contact their health care provider if they become ill.

In response to the recent Hepatitis-A exposure, the Public Health Hotline 631-787-2200
will be operating on extended hours.
Friday 8/30/2013 9 AM – 11 PM Saturday 8/31/2013 9 AM - 10 PM
Sunday 9/1/2013 9 AM – 4 PM Monday 9/2/2013 9 AM – 4 PM

Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver caused by the Hepatitis A virus.  The virus may be spread by consuming food or drink that has been handled by an infected person.  It may also be spread from person to person by putting in the mouth something that has been contaminated with fecal material of a person with hepatitis A.   Casual contact, as in an office or school setting, does not spread the virus.

The symptoms of Hepatitis A range from mild to severe and include fever, fatigue, poor appetite, nausea, stomach pain, dark-colored urine and jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes).  Most people recover in a few weeks without any complications.  The symptoms commonly appear within 28 days of exposure, with a range of 15-50 days.  There is no specific treatment for Hepatitis A.  Treatment is supportive care.  Thorough hand washing after bathroom use and before, during and after food preparation can help to prevent the spread of this and other intestinal illnesses.

Individuals exposed to Hepatitis A virus should receive Hepatitis A vaccination or immune globulin (IG) within two weeks of exposure to a person with Hepatitis A infection.  Individuals who have been vaccinated for Hepatitis A or who have had the illness in the past are protected from Hepatitis A infection and have no need for preventive treatment.  Pregnant women are urged to consult their doctor to discuss appropriate management.

For additional information or questions about possible exposure, call the Suffolk County Department of Health Services hotline at 631-787-2200 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Hampton Hepatitis A Scare

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services is investigating a case of Hepatitis A virus in an individual who worked at the Driver’s Seat Restaurant, in, Southampton, New York.

Patrons who consumed food or beverage at this establishment between August 6th and August 20th may have been exposed to Hepatitis A. Preventive treatment for Hepatitis A virus can help to prevent or lessen the severity of illness when given within two weeks of exposure.

SCDHS will offer free Hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin (IG) to individuals who dined at this establishment between August 16th and August 20th . Treatment is offered at the 3rd Floor Teaching Center, Southampton Hospital, 240 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, at the following times:

Friday, August 30 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 31 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Monday, September 2 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 3 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Treatment will also be offered at SCDHS offices, 3500 Sunrise Hwy, Suite 124, Great River on:

Friday, August 30 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 3 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Potentially exposed individuals may also receive preventive treatment from their health care provider. Preventive treatment is not recommended for individuals potentially exposed before August 16, 2013. Those individuals should be aware of the signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A and contact their health care provider if they become ill.

Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver caused by the Hepatitis A virus. The virus may be spread by consuming food or drink that has been handled by an infected person. It may also be spread from person to person by putting in the mouth something that has been contaminated with fecal material of a person with hepatitis A. Casual contact, as in an office or school setting, does not spread the virus.

The symptoms of Hepatitis A range from mild to severe and include fever, fatigue, poor appetite, nausea, stomach pain, dark-colored urine and jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes). Most people recover in a few weeks without any complications. The symptoms commonly appear within 28 days of exposure, with a range of 15-50 days. There is no specific treatment for Hepatitis A. Treatment is supportive care. Thorough hand washing after bathroom use and before, during and after food preparation can help to prevent the spread of this and other intestinal illnesses.

Another New York Hepatitis A Scare

Customers who ate chopped, ready-to-eat fruit from Westside Market at 2589 Broadway between August 9 and August 22 may have been exposed to hepatitis A, according to New York City Health Department officials. A food handler at Westside Market reported a case of Hepatitis A, and now customers of the market are urged to get a vaccination as a precaution.

The disease is spread by eating food that has been contaminated with traces of fecal matter from an infected person.

The fruits, which included watermelon, pineapples and coconut, were sold in plastic containers. Fruits involved include those packaged in plastic containers and sold in the refrigerated case immediately to the left as you enter the store and includes watermelon cut into halves and quarters; peeled whole pineapples; and shelled and cut coconut.

People can visit their regular doctor to receive this shot.

The Health Department will offer free hepatitis A vaccinations starting Friday at MS 258: Community Action School located at 154 West 93rdStreet New York, NY 10025 at the following times:

Friday, August 23: 2pm -8pm

Saturday, August 24: 10am -2pm

Sunday, August 25: 2pm -6pm

Monday, August 26: 2pm-8pm

(Those with insurance, please bring your insurance card with you)

People who were exposed but have already received two doses of hepatitis A vaccine sometime in their life do not need another shot; all others should be vaccinated.

Pregnant women are urged to consult with their doctor to discuss whether to receive vaccine or a different preventive treatment.

Hepatitis A Vaccine given to 1,000 after exposure at Contoocook Covered Bridge Restaurant and the American Legion

Sarah Palermo of the Concord Monitor reported that New Hampshire State health officials vaccinated more than 1,100 people against the hepatitis A virus last weekend after a bartender in Contoocook was diagnosed with the contagious disease.

Vaccines are most effective against the virus if given quickly after exposure; people who visited the Contoocook Covered Bridge Restaurant and the American Legion toward the end of the potential exposure time frame – July 20 to Aug. 3 – could still benefit from receiving a vaccine and can get one at their doctor’s office or by contacting the state, said Chris Adamski, director of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Infectious Diseases.

Officials originally estimated between 600 and 1,000 people were potentially exposed. No other cases of the disease have been reported, Adamski said yesterday.

Hepatitis A symptoms often appear within 15 days of infection but can sometimes take several weeks to begin. They include fatigue, fever, nausea, vomiting, dark or discolored urine and gray-colored stool.  There is no treatment or cure beyond managing symptoms through rest and hydration. Symptoms usually last less than two months, and in many cases improve after two weeks

Hepatitis A:  Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Hepatitis A outbreaks. The Hepatitis A lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Hepatitis A and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Hepatitis A lawyers have litigated Hepatitis A cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of sources, such as green onions, lettuce and restaurant food.  The law firm has brought Hepatitis A lawsuits against such companies as Subway, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Quiznos, Chi-Chi’s and Carl’s Jr.

If you or a family member became ill with a Hepatitis A infection after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Hepatitis A attorneys for a free case evaluation.

New Hampshire Covered Bridge Restaurant and the American Legion Link in Hepatitis A Concern

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is investigating a case of hepatitis A in a food service worker. The adult from Hillsborough County worked at two locations in Contoocook, the Covered Bridge Restaurant and the American Legion. After initial investigation, DPHS estimates between 600 and 1000 people might have been exposed to the illness.

“We realize this may be concerning to anyone who may have been exposed to this illness at either of these establishments,” said NH’s Public Health Director Dr. Jose Montero. “While we believe the risk of exposure is extremely low, we are conducting a thorough investigation to help identify anyone who may be at risk so that they can receive prophylaxis.”

Though there is no cure for hepatitis A, there is a vaccine and immune globulin can help prevent someone who has been exposed from getting sick. Anyone up to the age of 40 can receive the vaccine. Anyone over 40 and under 12 months is recommended to receive immune globulin (an antibody preparation). Hepatitis A vaccination provides protection before a person is exposed to the virus. The sooner someone receives the vaccine after exposure the more effective the vaccine is. If you were at either of the establishments between July 20th and August 3rd DPHS is recommending you receive either the vaccine or immune globulin at this time. If you have previously been vaccinated or if you have had hepatitis A infection you do not need any further vaccine for this situation. However, it is still early in the investigation and recommendations may change as the situation evolves.

DPHS is working with the Capital Area Public Health Network to offer vaccination clinics for anyone who may have been exposed to the virus. Those will be held Friday, August 9th from 12pm – 8pm and Saturday, August 10th from 9am – 2pm. Clinics will be held at the Hopkinton High School, 297 Park Ave, Contoocook, NH.

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes liver disease, which sometimes requires hospitalization. It’s spread from person to person by putting something in the mouth that has been contaminated with the stool of a person with hepatitis A. Sharing utensils or sexual contact can also spread it. Symptoms usually come on quickly and may include fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes.) People who develop Hepatitis A almost always recover from the illness without further complications.