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Dearborn County Taco Bell worker contracted hepatitis A

Posted: 12:00 PM, Feb 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-13 12:00:25-05
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GREENDALE, Ind. -- A Taco Bell employee was diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Dearborn County Health Department.

The worker handled food at the Taco Bell at 575 Eads Parkway on Jan. 24, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 before they were diagnosed.

Anyone who consumed food or drinks at the restaurant on Jan. 31 or Feb. 1 should get the hep A vaccine by Feb. 15 as a precaution, health officials said.

Patrons who ate at the restaurant on Jan. 24 would not be protected by the vaccine; they should watch for symptoms and call a doctor immediately if any arise.

Officials are giving vaccines at the Dearborn County Health Department on the following dates:

Thursday

  • 4 to 7 p.m.

Friday

  • 10 a.m. to noon
  • 2 to 5 p.m.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that is spread when a person ingests food or drink contaminated by undetected amounts of fecal matter from an infected person.

Symptoms include nausea, fatigue, fever, stomach pain, brown colored urine, light colored stools and yellowing of the skin or eyes. People can become ill up to seven weeks after being exposed to the virus.