Lubbock Health Department Issues Hepatitis Warning - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/26/05

Lubbock Health Department Issues Hepatitis Warning

If you ate at Angelita's Kitchen September 9th through the 11th, you may have been exposed to Hepatitis A.

The restaurant is located at 5401 South Avenue Q. An employee was not showing symptoms but was potentially infectious while handling food. Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver, spread by unwashed hands after bathroom use. Further contamination can occur when food is handled. The health department is looking for customers that may have dined at Angelita's Kitchen during the following times: September 9th, between 9 a.m. and 3 pm, September 10th between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. or in the evening from 8:30 p.m. until 4 a.m. in the morning. The final exposure may have occurred September 11th, between 7 a.m. and 1:30 p.m..

The risk is believed to be low, but you should be aware of symptoms that could occur. They usually begin fifteen to fifty days following exposure. Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches and fatigue. An injection of immune Globulin given within fourteen days of exposure may lessen the severity or prevent the disease from developing.

Call the health department at 806-775-2935 or after hours at 806-766-5747 .

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