University of Kentucky hospital cafeteria worker diagnosed with hepatitis A

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT) - The University of Kentucky announced Thursday that one of its cafeteria employees was diagnosed with hepatitis A.

The food service employee worked at the hospital cafeteria in Pavilion A in the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital.

The school warns that anyone who ate at the cafeteria from Oct. 11-30, including hospital employees or visitors, may have been exposed to the hep. A virus. It recommends getting the vaccination if you ate there during that time.

If this applies to you and you have any questions, call 859-257-1000 for more information.

The employee prepared food at the cafeteria but did not prepare food for inpatients. They are currently not working and will not return until they are cleared.

UK says it will require food service workers at UK HealthCare to get the hepatitis A vaccination. Vaccination stations will also be provided for all UK HealthCare employees.

Symptoms of hepatitis A are fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). People can become sick 15-50 days after being exposed to the virus. Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention.

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