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Durham Restaurant Worker Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

Posted June 9, 1999

— If you recently ate atJoe's Crab Shackin Durham, you may need to see a doctor. A worker there was diagnosed with Hepatitis A.

Public health officials learned Tuesday that the worker contracted the liver infection. They are recommending that anyone who ate at the restaurant May 28 or 29 see a doctor, but they say the risk of contracting the disease is minimal.

The Durham County Health Department is offering free shots Thursday and Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. About 900 people who ate at the restaurant are expected to receive the shots, which will prevent people from developing the disease.

The symptoms of Hepatitis A do not appear until between three and four weeks after exposure. They are:

  • fatigue
  • poor appetite
  • fever
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • jaundiceMost people recover from Hepatitis A. Health officials say there have been only a few deaths from the disease, mostly among the elderly.

    The employee who contracted the disease no longer works for the restaurant. All other employees have been treated for the illness, and the Health Department does not believe the restaurant will be held responsible. Health department officials say the incident is no reflection on the restaurant's practices at all.

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