SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Health officials say customers of a downtown Salt Lake City restaurant might have been exposed to hepatitis A from late July through mid-August.
The Salt Lake County Health Department says an infected worker at the New Yorker Restaurant “potentially handled certain food or beverage items,” possibly exposing 650 customers to the virus.
Health officials say the two-week period when a preventative vaccine could have been effective has passed, so people who visited the restaurant from July 25 to Aug. 15 should watch for symptoms until Oct. 3.
Health officials say no additional cases of the virus related to this exposure have been reported. The outbreak is connected to the cases first reported in the county last year.
Customers who ate at New Yorker Restaurant in Salt Lake between July 25 and Aug. 15 may have been exposed to hepatitis A, health officials said Monday.
An employee at the restaurant, located at 60 West Market St., potentially handled certain food or beverages while infected, Salt Lake County Health Department spokesman Nicholas Rupp said in an emailed statement.
The possible exposure affects only the New Yorker Restaurant, Rupp said. Officials estimate about 650 people may have been exposed.
It is too late for people who consumed items at the restaurant between the dates listed to receive preventive vaccination, so those individuals should watch for symptoms of hepatitis A and see their health care provider if they are concerned, Rupp said in the statement.
Hepatitis A is a highly-contagious liver disease that can be transmitted person-to-person or through contaminated food or beverages, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Symptoms of hepatitis A include a low fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and yellow skin and eyes, health department officials said. The incubation period for the virus is two to seven weeks, so potentially affected customers should watch for symptoms until Oct. 3.
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