NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York City Health Department is warning customers of a Bronx restaurant of possible exposure to Hepatitis A.
In response to cases of Hepatitis A infections in an employee and four customers at New Hawaii Sea restaurant, located at 1475 Williamsbridge Road, the Health Department is urging customers who ate at the restaurant — either in-store, through catering or delivery — between Sept. 7 and 19 to receive a Hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible.
Any leftover food from this restaurant should also be discarded.
“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.”
Hepatitis A is spread by eating food that has been contaminated by an infected person. Symptoms include jaundice, fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea.
People typically develop symptoms of hepatitis A infection about one month after they are exposed to the virus.
If people are vaccinated within 14 days of exposure, vaccination can prevent the disease from occurring.
People can visit their doctor to receive this shot.
The Health Department will also offer Hepatitis A vaccinations beginning Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Herbert Lehman High School located at 3000 East Tremont Ave. in the Bronx from 2 to 8 p.m.
Vaccinations will also be offered Sunday from 2 to 8 pm.
For vaccination clinic updates to your mobile device, text HEPA to 877877.
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.
For more information on Hepatitis A, please visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/living/cd-hepatitisabc.shtml
Source: CBS local New York