2 hep A cases confirmed at Monroe County restaurant

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

The Monroe County Health Department is warning of a second case of hepatitis A in a food worker at a Tim Hortons restaurant.

Anyone who consumed food or beverages at the Tim Hortons at 404 S. Monroe St. from Dec. 10 to 28 may have been exposed to the virus, health department officials said.

The department is holding a free, walk-in hepatitis A clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday to vaccinate individuals who may have been exposed.

Last week there was another hepatitis A case at the same Tim Hortons between Nov. 21 and Dec. 8. The department held a free clinic last week in response.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that is caused by a virus. The disease can range from a mild illness to a severe sickness that can last several months. Symptoms can appear similar to the flu as well as yellow-colored eyes and skin as well as dark urine.

A person can get the virus by eating contaminated food, drinking contaminated water, or by having sex with someone who has been infected or by living with an infected person.

Symptoms typically appear 2-6 weeks after exposure. Individuals with symptoms or questions should call their health care provider and seek medical care.

Because a hepatitis A vaccine can prevent illness if it’s given within 14 days of exposure, anyone who consumed products from the restaurant during the established time frame should still get vaccinated.

The hepatitis A series is a two-dose series and doses should be six months apart. Immunity from vaccination takes approximately two weeks.