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Vaccines recommended after Anniston restaurant worker tests positive for Hepatitis A

The ADPH is suggesting customers who ate at Marco's Pizza between September 26 and October 2, 2017 be identified, as they may need the Hepatitis A vaccine to reduce their chances of the illness.

The Alabama Department of Public Heath (ADPH) says a worker at Marco's Pizza in Anniston was found to have Hepatitis A.

The ADPH is suggesting customers who ate at Marco's Pizza between September 26 and October 2, 2017 be identified, as they may need the Hepatitis A vaccine to reduce their chances of the illness.

Hepatitis A can be transmitted person-to-person, as well as by eating food or drinks made by a person who is infected. Infection can be prevented with a vaccine, but only within two weeks of exposure.

Dr. Burnestine Taylor, Medical Officer for Disease Control and Prevention, ADPH, provided the following statement in a release:

Adults with hepatitis A may have symptoms that include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice. These symptoms usually resolve within two months of infection. Children less than 6 years of age generally do not have symptoms or have an unrecognized infection. Almost all people who get hepatitis A recover completely.

ADPH advises those who ate at Marco's in Anniston between the listed dates contact your health care provider, pharmacy, or Calhoun County Health Department to get the vaccine as soon as possible or to learn your past vaccination status.

Not every place in the Anniston area currently has the Vaccine. We made some phone calls today and found out Anniston Care Plus does have the vaccine. Southern Immediate Care is ordering some and should get it in Saturday. We've also been told some Walgreens and Rite-Aid's have the vaccine in stock.

Marco's delivery driver Chad Bedwell says the employee with Hepatitis A is also a delivery driver. "Wasn't someone who prepared the food or anything like that...they never would have touched any of the product itself just would have been transfer from the box to them."

Bedwell says Marcos has been given instructions from the Department of Health. And Cindy Lesinger, Immunizations Division Director, tells us the restaurant is in total cooperation with the department. "Had a clean bill of health from the health department, everything's fine, service is continuing," says Bedwell.

For additional information on Hepatitis A, visit the Centers for Disease and Control here: https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/index.htm

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