Customers At Rockport Fish Shack May Have Been Exposed To Hepatitis A

ROCKPORT (CBS) – Officials at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health are warning customers of Ray Moore’s Fish Shack in Rockport that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A. An employee who worked at the restaurant from April 21-May 12 has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. Customers who dined during that time on cold or uncooked items such as salad, breads (including rolls and hot dog and hamburger buns), cold desserts, fruit or vegetable garnishes, condiments such as pickles and onions, chips and beverages containing ice should contact a doctor to receive treatment for possible exposure to hepatitis A. Roy Moore’s Fish Shack in Rockport. (WBZ-TV) “The Town’s Health Department has been working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) and the owners of the Fish Shack Restaurant, who have been cooperative with these efforts, to address the public health concerns associated with this case,” the town of Rockport said in an official statement. “If you had eaten here you might wanna [want to] check with your doctor and think about getting a hepatitis A vaccination. A two-part vaccination and you can get immune globulin, which can give you an immediate protection, too. Another two weeks it will be irrelevant, as far as a preventative,” Rockport Board of Health Chairman Sydney Wedmore said. “State protocol, that person is pulled from the job, until they are treated and no longer infectious.&rdqu...
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virus (HAV) is a positive-strand RNA virus that is transmitted feco-orally through person-to-person contact. Outbreaks are often linked to poor sanitation, overcrowding, or food and water contamination. Infection is often asymptomatic in children, but adults present with jaundice, abdominal pain, hepatitis, and hyperbilirubinemia. Diagnosis is through detection of immunoglobulin M antibodies against HAV, and treatment is supportive. Vaccination is the mainstay of prevention and should be given before exposure whenever possible.
Source: Gastroenterology Clinics of North America - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Source Type: research
Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV) and spreads through the fecal-oral route (Jacobsen, 2018). It is usually caused by drinking unclean water or by eating uncooked food. The severe symptoms of hepatitis A consist of fever, loss of appetite, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal discomfort, and jaundice. Infected children under the age of 6 years generally do not show significant symptoms. In older children and adults, infection typically leads to more severe symptoms, with jaundice occurring in more than 70% of cases.
Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Source Type: research
This study confirms that hepatitis E is the leading cause of acute jaundice, leads to hospitalizations in all regions in Bangladesh, occurs throughout the year, and is associated with considerable morbidity and mortal ity. Effective control measures should be taken to reduce the risk of HEV infections including improvements in water quality, sanitation and hygiene practices and the introduction of HEV vaccine to high-risk groups.
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We report here on the first spillover outbreak of the MSM-associated HAV genotype RIVM-HAV16-090 in the German general population in November 2017 –February 2018. In total, twelve cases could be attributed to the outbreak with the index case and a coworker in a butchers shop being the most probable source of the outbreak. The identical HAV genotype was detected in two environmental samples in the premises of the butchers shop and in nine cas es. Outbreak control measures included detailed contact tracing and stool examinations, several environmental investigations, thorough cleaning, and disinfection of the premises ...
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Tennessee has joined a growing number of states battling hepatitis A outbreaks, public health officials report. The Nashville Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) announced that 14 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed in the city since December 2017 —significantly more than the two cases it sees in an average year. MPHD is working with state public health officials to contain the outbreak, according to a statement, but the infection has already popped up in a number of nearby states, as well as some on the West Coast. Here’s what to know hepatitis A and the outbreaks around the country. What is hepatitis ...
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ConclusionAlthough the combined hepatitis A and B vaccine is associated with very good seroconversion rates, the effectiveness in HIV-positive patients is not ensured, even in cases with CD4 cell counts of> 500/ μl. Therefore, regular post-vaccine testing should be encouraged to assess seroconversion in immunocompromised subjects.
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In this study 51% of patients were female, with a mean age of 6.52 years among all patients. Six of the 140 patients (4.2%) scanned for HBV among the patients enrolled in the study were HBsAg and anti-HBc total positive and anti-HBs negative. Three patients (2.1%) were HBsAg negative, and anti-HBc total and anti-HBs positive, which indicated they had previously recovered from an HBV infection. HBsAg, anti-HBs, anti-HBc total data for 140 patients (81.9%), anti-HCV data for 109 patients (63.8%), anti-HIV data for 88 patients (51.5%) and HAV IgG data for 86 patients (50.3%) were obtained. Due to migration from regions in Syr...
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Abstract Hepatitis A virus causes acute viral hepatitis, presenting with jaundice, nausea, and vomiting. Symptoms are self-limited and treated symptomatically. Routine vaccination of infants has greatly reduced the incidence in the United States. Vaccination is recommended for all infants and adults at increased risk. Hepatitis B virus can cause acute and chronic viral hepatitis. Acute hepatitis B is usually self-limited, but can develop into a chronic infection. Patients are at highest risk for developing chronic disease if they are infected at a younger age. Routine vaccination and universal screening of pregnan...
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Hepatitis A virus causes acute viral hepatitis, presenting with jaundice, nausea, and vomiting. Symptoms are self-limited and treated symptomatically. Routine vaccination of infants has greatly reduced the incidence in the United States. Vaccination is recommended for all infants and adults at increased risk. Hepatitis B virus can cause acute and chronic viral hepatitis. Acute hepatitis B is usually self-limited, but can develop into a chronic infection. Patients are at highest risk for developing chronic disease if they are infected at a younger age. Routine vaccination and universal screening of pregnant women has decrea...
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