2018-07-11 / Front Page

No New Hep A cases, Henry County Health Dept. Reports

In a Wednesday, July 10 press release, Henry County Health Department officials announced there have been no new cases of hepatitis A in that county.

A food handler at the Taco Bell restaurant in Napoleon was discovered to be suffering from heptitis A. The Henry County Health Department issued a press release Friday, July 6, annoucing the case.

The Wednesday release said the Henry County Health Department is monitoring the situation.

The release said:

“'Taco Bell has been fully cooperative throughout the investigation. We commend them for their quick response and commitment to keeping staff and residents safe and healthy,' stated Mark Adams, Health Commissioner. The restaurant voluntarily closed and thoroughly cleaned their facility. Additionally, all restaurant team members were offered the Hepatitis A vaccination and received additional training on illness policies and procedures by Taco Bell management.

"If you ate at the restaurant between June 11, 2018 and June 28, 2018, you may have potentially come in contact with the virus. Because Hepatitis A can be spread to others, the health department recommends getting the Hepatitis A vaccine. If you have already received two Hepatitis A shots, you do not need to get the vaccine again.

"The Health Department is having a Hepatitis A Walk-in Clinic on Thursday, July 12 from 9:00-11:30am and 1:30-4:00pm. There is no need to call for an appointment. Please bring your photo ID and insurance card(s) to this clinic. Vaccines are also available at pharmacies and some doctors’ offices. If you’re unable to make the clinic, you may also make an appointment by calling the health department at 419-599-5545.

“'Our number one goal is to keep residents safe and healthy. We have been working diligently to ensure residents who want a Hepatitis A vaccine are able to get it,' stated Julie Lauf, Director of Nursing.

"Since Hepatitis A can be spread to others, it’s important to know the symptoms of the disease. If you have these symptoms, please contact your doctor. Symptoms include:

  •   Extreme tiredness (fatigue)

  •   loss of appetite

  •   fever

  •   stomach pain or tenderness

  •   nausea or vomiting

  •   diarrhea

  •   dark urine

  •   grey-colored stools

  •   yellowing of the skin (jaundice).

    Fortunately, Hepatitis A is easy to prevent. If you are concerned about infection you should get the vaccine, which is covered by most insurance plans, and take extra care to wash your hands frequently. "–posted 11:38 am Wednesday, July 11.

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