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article imageColorado restaurant may have exposed many to Hep A

By Ryan Hite     Jun 29, 2014 in Health
Fort Collins - Hundreds of patrons who ate at a Mexican restaurant in Fort Collins, Colorado may have been exposed to Hepatitis A. Health officials are warning the people of the side effects of the disease and will be providing free shots.
A food service employee at a small, family-owned Mexican restaurant in Colorado has tested positive for Hepatitis A, which has seen a plethora of scares over recent years. The Fort Collins-based Mexican restaurant called Tortilla Marissa's has closed after health officials confirmed the news of the outbreak a few day ago. According to the Larimer County Department of Health report, "The risk of transmission to others occurred primarily in June, 2014, but there is a very low risk that transmission might extend back to May of this year."
Though no confirmed cases have been reported, the disease's long incubation period, which is 14 to 50 days, means that every customer who dined at the restaurant in the past two months is potentially at risk of seeing effects of the disease. The Health Department is recommending that anyone who consumed food or drink from the restaurant to consider getting a vaccination or an Immune Globulin injection to reduce the risk of illness. The county is providing shots for free today and tomorrow.
The vaccine probably won't help those who dined at the restaurant prior to June 11, the Larimer County DOH said. Former patrons of the restaurant should "monitor their health and contact their health care provider if hepatitis symptoms develop. Symptoms of hepatitis A may include fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, gray or white stools, and jaundice. Symptoms are more severe in adults than children."
Last month, an employee at a Red Robin restaurant in Missouri tested positive for Hep A and put thousands of people who dined at the restaurant at risk.
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