Hepatitis A case confirmed in Knox County

Knox County health officials have confirmed a case of Hepatitis A at a Vincennes restaurant.

The Knox County Health Department investigated the incident where an employee with Hepatitis A handled food at the Buffalo Wild Rings Restaurant located at 2407 North 6th Street in Vincennes.

According to health officials, this employee worked when ill or prepared food for consumption on June 30th and July 1st.

The Health Department says while it is rare for patrons to be infected with Hepatitis A virus due to an infected food handler, anyone who had food or drinks at the Buffalo Wild Wings during these dates is recommended to get a Hepatitis A vaccine within 14 days of exposure.

The Knox County Board of Health is working closely with the Indiana State Department of Health and Buffalo Wild Wings to make sure no one else gets the virus.

Health officials say anyone who had food and or drinks at Buffalo Wind Wings between June 30th and July 1st  is asked to:

-monitor their health for symptoms up to 50 days after exposure

-wash their hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly especially after using the bathroom or preparing food

-stay home and contact their healthcare provider immediately if symptoms develop.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. Some symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, brown-colored urine and light-colored stools.

The Knox County Health Department established a hotline to answer additional questions.  If you have questions, can call this hotline at 812-885-8413.

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