Restaurant worker diagnosed with hepatitis A in Somerset

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SOMERSET, Ky. (WYMT) - A restaurant in Somerset has seen a case of hepatitis A.

The Lake Cumberland Health Department said an employee at the Zaxby's Restaurant at 2039 S. Hwy. 27 in Somerset was diagnosed with hepatitis A.

Health officials said anyone who visited the Zaxby's restaurant from November 9 through November 30 should get a hepatitis A vaccination.

Zaxby's has also set up a hotline for concerned customers at 866-8-ZAXBYS (866-892-9297).

The vaccine is available at your local pharmacy, the Health Department and your healthcare provider.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can cause loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, stomach pain, brown-colored urine, and light-colored stools. Yellowing of the skin or eyes may also appear. People can become sick up to seven weeks after being exposed to the virus.

Zaxby's has released the following statement:

"As you may know, there is an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak occurring across the Lake Cumberland region and the state of Kentucky. This past weekend, one of our team members was diagnosed with Hepatitis A.

Zaxby's is committed to the health and safety of our team members and guests, and are working closely with the Lake Cumberland Health District and the state health department. We have excellent safety measures in place and increased them when the health department announced the state Hepatitis A outbreak earlier this year.

All employees at the Somerset location were previously vaccinated or will be vaccinated in order to continue to work. The restaurant, which received a 97 on its most recent health inspection, was fully sanitized this weekend as a precaution.

This team member was exposed in the community where Hep A is now widely prevalent. This team member and all food handlers routinely wear gloves, making the risk of transmission extremely low. As a precautionary measure, we are also using a cleaner throughout the restaurant that kills the virus.

We will continue to follow any and all recommendations from the Lake Cumberland Health District and the state of Kentucky Department of Health regarding guest vaccination until this situation is resolved. We encourage guests to contact us at 866-8-ZAXBYS (866-892-9297) with questions or concerns."



 
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