FCHD Investigating Hepatitis A Cases
The Floyd County Health Department (FCHD) is working with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to investigate several recent cases of Hepatitis A. The Floyd County Health Department is working to identify and notify individuals who may have been exposed. If you have had contact with someone who is ill please contact the Floyd County Health Department.
One Hepatitis A case has been confirmed in a food employee at TOMOS Restaurant, 4317 Charlestown Rd, New Albany, Indiana. If you have eaten there on March 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31 or April 2 and develop any of the below symptoms you should seek medical attention. However, given these dates of exposure routine prophylaxis (use of vaccine or immune globulin) is not recommended by the state or CDC authorities for this type of contact.
Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. It is highly contagious and is generally transmitted via Fecal - Oral routes or through consumption of contaminated food or water.
Individuals can contract the virus through contact with:
- Shared Syringes or “Work” used to inject drugs
- Foods prepared or served by an infected person(s)
- Stool or blood of an infected person(s)
- Inanimate objects that may have trace amounts of fecal material from hand contact.
Symptoms vary greatly, from severe to none at all. Symptoms may include loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, stomach ache, dark (cola) colored urine, and light colored stools. Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin) may appear a few days after the onset of these symptoms. Persons can become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus. Most people who get Hepatitis A feel sick for several weeks, but they usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage.
Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of Hepatitis A should contact a healthcare provider immediately. Individuals with symptoms should not prepare or serve food to others and should wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after eating and after restroom use.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Floyd County Health Department, 1917 Bono Rd, New Albany, Indiana. Phone: 812-948-4726.