Health Unit Advises Of Second Case Of Hep A At Family Place Restaurant
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is advising of a second case of Hepatitis A in a food handler who worked at the Family Place Restaurant and Pizza, in Huntsville.
Dr. Colin Lee, Associate Medical Officer of Health says “As a precaution, exposed people should monitor for signs and symptoms for 50 days. The disease can result in a liver infection and can be a greater health risk for older adults and those with liver disease. The Hepatitis A vaccine is an effective protection against the disease.
Hepatitis A vaccine given within 14 days of exposure may prevent the disease.
The health unit strongly recommends that anyone who worked at, dined or had takeout from the restaurant on the following times and dates receive the Hepatitis A vaccine. The dates include:
- Thursday March 12th 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Friday March 13th 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Sunday March 15th 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Immunization will be offered by appointment only. Call 1-877-721-7520 ext. 8827 to make an appointment.
Because the vaccine is no longer effective more than 14 days after exposure, other patrons who dined or had takeout at the restaurant from March 5th to 8th should monitor for symptoms of Hepatitis A and contact their health care provider if they experience symptoms.