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Health officials issue advisory after Hamilton County bakery worker diagnosed with hepatitis A

Health officials issue advisory after Hamilton County bakery worker diagnosed with hepatitis A
Posted at 10:30 AM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 13:18:10-05

A previous version of this story misidentified the community where the bakery is located after it was misidentified in an advisory by county health officials. WCPO regrets the error.

MIAMI TOWNSHIP (HAMILTON COUNTY), Ohio -- A worker at a Miami Township bakery has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, and Hamilton County health officials are advising anyone who may have eaten food from there to pay close attention to their health. 

Anyone who has eaten products from Regina Bakery at 3805 Shady Lane between Oct. 30 and Nov. 10 should pay close attention for symptoms of hepatitis A over the next 50 days and consider getting a vaccination, Hamilton County Public Health officials said in a news release Tuesday.

Products from the bakery are distributed at Meiners Meats, Hatting's Supermarket, Regina Bakery in Cheviot, Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Humbert's Meats and Avril-Bleh Meats.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include diarrhea, fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, clay-colored stool and jaundice. 

Receiving a vaccine can prevent illness if it's within two weeks of contact with the virus, county Health Commissioner Tim Ingram said.

"Vaccination is the best way to prevent hepatitis A," Ingram said. "If you are in one of the risk categories or you have been exposed to someone with hepatitis A, contact your healthcare provider to discuss vaccination. Frequent handwashing is also important in helping to prevent the spread of disease, including hepatitis."

County Public Health Medical Director Dr. Stephen Feagins said anyone who has symptoms or concerns should discuss the vaccine with a physician.

"Regardless, vaccination for hepatitis A is a good idea and has become part of regular vaccination protocol," he said.

Ingram praised the staff at Regina Bakery, saying they cooperated with health officials and worked to help prevent the spread of the virus.

"It's rewarding to see our licensees with such great concern for their customers, even though the risk to them is minimal," he said.

The Tri-State has seen multiple advisories after local food workers were diagnosed with hepatitis A since this summer. Last week, Clermont County health officials warned customers of a grocery store in Batavia after an employee was diagnosed there.