Douglas County Health Department Communicable Disease Coordinator, Tina Caudill, Public Health Nurse, initiated an investigation immediately to determine precautionary steps that might be taken to minimize the risk of spreading the disease. Franklin County has 69 reported cases that include three incidents at Franklin County restaurants just this summer.
People who are at particular risk, including un-vaccinated people, might benefit from a Hepatitis A vaccine if they get it within two weeks, before symptoms start to develop.
Missouri is dealing with a hepatitis A outbreak.
But even if you do not fall into such a category, you and society are better off if you are vaccinated, especially given the potential for infection from contaminated food or water and the highly contagious nature of the virus. Transmission appears to be through direct person-to-person spread.
Kebab House, 980 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., and Sunrise Pizzeria, 10158 Jefferson Ave., are working with the health department and anyone who has eaten at these establishments between Aug. 2 and Aug. 13; Aug. 6 and Aug. 10 may have been exposed to the disease.
Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by a virus.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is offering a vaccine against Hepatitis A after state officials see an outbreak, particularly in southeast Missouri. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Of those cases, DHSS says more than half have required hospitalization and two people have died. Services provided on a nondiscriminatory basis in cooperation with the Department of Health and Senior Services.