COVINGTON, Ky. – A cafeteria worker at John G. Carlisle Elementary School was diagnosed with hepatitis A on Tuesday, according…
COVINGTON, Ky. – A cafeteria worker at John G. Carlisle Elementary School was diagnosed with hepatitis A on Tuesday, according to a press release from the Northern Kentucky Health Department.
The worker probably worked infectiously.
Health department officials said that Carlisle Elementary’s staff got to know the diagnosis and encouraged to be immediately vaccinated against the virus.
Pupils and their family members who ate cafeteria food between November 13 and December 3 should also be vaccinated if they do not already have it, but the likelihood of it is low: Kentucky school children were required by law to receive vaccination before the start of the school year 201
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Health professionals spent Tuesday evening and cleaned the school and threw away objects that the infected worker had touched, including pots and pans.
According to the Norwegian Kentucky Health Department representative Steve Devine, it was an exercise with great caution rather than a response to a serious threat. An investigation that found workers at school had followed a proper sanitary protocol before the individual employee’s diagnosis.
“This is a very small risk for the people who have been involved, minus the employees who definitely need to take the shot” said. “You do not know where the exposure will come from tomorrow.”
The news arrived as a result of a general outbreak of the virus that attacks the liver and can cause symptoms like skin yellowness, loss of appetite, fever, nausea and stomach upset. Northern Kentucky has seen 208 cases of hepatitis A since early 2018, Kentucky as a whole has seen more than 2800.
Anyone concerned with contracted hepatitis A will receive the vaccine administered twice six months. In the meantime, they should take care to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water, including under the nails.