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DeKalb County health officials warn of Hepatitis A exposure at Garrett restaurant

GARRETT, Ind. (WPTA21) — Health officials are urging people to be on the lookout after an employee handled food while infected with Hepatitis A.

The DeKalb County Health Department said a case of Hepatitis A was diagnosed in an employee who handled food at the Martin’s Tavern in Garrett. He was infected while working at the restaurant on February 1, 2 and February 5-9.

Health officials say it is relatively rare for patrons to get infected with Hepatitis A due to an infected food handler. However, anyone who consumed food there on the 7-9 should get a vaccination by February 23 as a precaution.

Vaccinations are being administered at the DeKalb County Health Department at 220 East 7th Street Suite 110, Auburn Indiana for those with potential exposure to Hepatitis A on:
• Friday, February 22nd – 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
• Saturday, February 23rd – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Anyone who ate there on the 1-2 or 5-7 are outside the window for post-exposure care. Health officials say they should monitor symptoms.

Anyone who consumed food and/or drinks at the Martin’s Tavern on any of the listed dates is also being asked to:

1. Monitor their health for symptoms of Hepatitis A infection up to 50 days after exposure.
2. Wash their hands with soap and warm water frequently and thoroughly, especially after using the bathroom and before preparing food.
3. Stay at home and contact their healthcare provider immediately if symptoms of Hepatitis A infection develop.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can cause loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, stomach pain, brown-colored urine, and light-colored stools. Yellowing of the skin or eyes may also appear. People can become ill up to 7 weeks after being exposed to the virus.

Jacob Burbrink

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