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Is Hepatitis A Deadly? Signs And Symptoms To Watch Out For

A local health department has called on people who recently went to Wendy's in Lawrenceville, Georgia, to get tested for hepatitis A. One employee was tested positive for the virus and health officials warned it potentially spread the infection while working at the restaurant. 

The Gwinnett County Health Department said the employee worked as a food handler while sick at Wendy's at the 165 Scenic Highway. The unnamed worker was ill between June 13 and June 29 and is currently off the job to avoid further infections, WSB-TV reported

“It is relatively rare for restaurant patrons to become infected with hepatitis A virus due to an infected food handler, but anyone who consumed food or drink at the Wendy’s during the above dates should contact their healthcare provider or their local Health Department to determine if a hepatitis A immunization is needed to prevent the disease,” the department said in a statement. 

The Gwinnett health department offers free vaccines to people who believe they were exposed to contaminated food from Wendy's. 

Meritage Hospitality Group, which operates the restaurant, said the affected restaurant passed a sanitary inspection and remains fully operational. It added no additional illnesses were reported.  

Hepatitis A: Effects & Symptoms

The disease can cause mild to severe illness. Hepatitis A commonly spreads through ingestion of food or water contaminated with the feces of an infected person or having a direct contact with that patient.  

People commonly recover from the infection. However, the condition in some cases become fatal due to the development of fulminant hepatitis or acute liver failure, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Symptoms Of Hepatitis A

  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Jaundice or yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Malaise
  • Nausea

Hepatitis A symptoms range from mild to severe and not all people show symptoms. Signs of infection commonly appear only in adults while children do not usually experience noticeable symptoms. 

To date, there is no treatment available for hepatitis A. But there are high chances of recovery, which may take several weeks or months. 

Hepatitis A Hepatitis A commonly spreads through ingestion of food or water contaminated with the feces of an infected person or having a direct contact with that patient. Pixabay

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