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Health staff urges consumers of Bloomington Buffalo Wild Wings to be vaccinated for hepatitis A

Buffalo Wild Wings at 1350 W. Bloomfield Road (Photo courtesy of Google Maps) Buffalo Wild Wings at 1350 W. Bloomfield…

Buffalo Wild Wings at 1350 W. Bloomfield Road (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- One who ate on the Buffalo Wild Wings on Bloomfield Road in Bloomington are asked to receive a hepatitis A vaccine.

The Monroe County Health Department and Monroe County Public Health Clinic hold vaccination clinics for those eating at the restaurant, located at 1350 W. Bloomfield Road, January 2 – 6.

An employee of the restaurant who handled food was diagnosed with the virus. Officials found that the worker was working while he was infected under that window.

“Although it is relatively rare for restaurant champions to be infected with hepatitis A virus due to an infected food driver, anyone who consumes food or drink at Buffalo Wild Wings in Bloomington during these dates, it is recommended to receive a vaccine against hepatitis A within 14 days after exposure as additional protection against becoming ill, “said the health department in a statement. “Buffalo Wild Wings is working closely with health officials to prevent new cases from occurring as a result of this case and the restaurant is open to business.”

Officials say the restaurant has been disinfected and has been reopened.

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

Everyone who ate or drank at the restaurant during the present time should:

  • Monitor their health for symptoms of hepatitis A infection up to 50 days after
  • Keep your hands with soap and warm water often and carefully, especially after using the bathroom and before cooking.
  • Stay at home and contact your health care provider immediately if symptoms of hepatitis A infection develop.

Vaccinations contain a series of two injections that are six months apart, but even a hepatitis A injection can provide up to 95 percent protection against the disease, according to the health ward.

Vaccination clinics are scheduled at Monroe County Public Health Clinic, 333 E. Miller Drive in Bloomington. The vaccine must be administered within two weeks of the last day of exposure. Here is when they will take place:

  • Friday, January 11 (for Buffalo Wild Wings staff) – Call 812-353-3244 for meeting.
  • Monday, January 14 from 9:00 to 17:00 [19659011] Tuesday, Jan 15 from 8:30 to 16:30
  • Wednesday Jan 16 from 8:15 am – 11:15 am

Everyone who may have become infected who cannot do one of these times should contact their personal doctor.

Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person undoubtedly takes in the virus from objects, food or drinks that are contaminated by small, undetected amounts of feces from an infected person. The virus spreads when an infected person does not wash their hands enough after using the toilet or engaging in behaviors that increase the risk of infection.

Indiana is one of several states today experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak. Based on CDC guidelines for the current hepatitis A outbreak, populations that are homeless, transient, imprisoned or use illicit drugs and their close direct contacts are considered at increased risk of exposure to hepatitis A.

The CDC recommends hepatitis A vaccinations for the following: groups:

  • All children aged 1 year
  • People with increased risk of infection:
    • Travelers to countries with high hepatitis A values ​​
    • Family members and caregivers of recent adoptions from countries where hepatitis A is common
    • Men who have sexual contact with other men
    • People who use injection and not – injection illicit drugs
    • People who work with hepatitis An infected animal or in a hepatitis A research laboratory
    • People with chronic (lifelong) liver diseases, such as hepatitis B or hepatitis C
    • People treated with coagulation factor factor

Everyone with questions is asked to call a hotline established by the Health Department at 812-349-2997.

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