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Bethel McDonald's worker diagnosed with hepatitis A

Posted at 4:23 PM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 16:23:40-05

BETHEL, Ohio — Anyone who’s recently dined at the 625 West Plane Street McDonald’s may be at risk of developing hepatitis A, Clermont County Public Health officials announced Thursday.

The agency discovered a worker at the McDonald’s had been diagnosed with the virus, which affects liver function and can be transmitted through eating food handled by an infected person. The employee has been placed on leave until they recover.

Although the risk to patrons is low, according to a news release, customers who ate there between Dec. 16 - 29 should monitor themselves for symptoms such as fatigue, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice.

Wednesday’s announcement arrived fewer than 24 hours after Clermont County Public Health revealed it had discovered a Milford IHOP carrying the virus at the end of December.

The Ohio Department of Health declared a statewide out break of hepatitis A in June. There have been at least 1370 cases across the state, including 42 in Clermont County, linked to the outbreak.