7th food worker in Boyd County diagnosed with hepatitis A

Published: May. 24, 2018 at 12:41 PM EDT
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Another food service worker in Boyd County, Kentucky has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

Officials with the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department say an employee at the McDonald's in the 2000 block of Winchester Ave. in Ashland was diagnosed Wednesday.

This is the seventh food worker to be diagnosed with hepatitis A in Boyd County this year.

Health officials say the risk of customers becoming infected is very low.

"McDonald's is working with the health department to prevent any new cases from arising in the community as a result of this case," health department officials wrote in a press released Thursday.

The growing number of cases is part of a multistate outbreak.

Health department officials say all employees at the McDonald's got the hepatitis A vaccine prior to the employee being diagnosed Wednesday. The person who was diagnosed also had the vaccine.

McDonald's previously created a policy requiring all workers to get the hepatitis A vaccine.

The Winchester Ave. location voluntarily closed for disinfection after becoming aware of the diagnosed case.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, stomach pain, brown-colored urine, light-colored stools, and yellowing of the skin or eyes. Health officials say people can have some or none of these symptoms and it can take up to 50 days after exposure for someone to become ill. However, most people notice symptoms within 28 to 30 days of exposure.

Health department officials say the disease is usually spread when a person unknowingly ingests it from food, drinks, or other objects that are contaminated with the infected person's stool.