Hepatitis A health alert issued for Hilton Head restaurant

rlurye@islandpacket.comFebruary 23, 2014 

THE STATE

Customers and staff who went to or worked at Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks Feb. 15 are being urged to seek medical treatment for possible exposure to the Hepatitis A virus, according to a news release Saturday from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

On Friday, DHEC was notified an employee of the Hilton Head Island eatery had tested positive for Hepatitis A, a disease that causes inflammation of the liver, the release said. The employee had been away, returned to work Feb. 15 and was later hospitalized.

Anyone who was at the restaurant from 4 p.m. until closing time Feb. 15 -- when the infected employee was working -- should contact their primary care provider to receive a single-dose vaccine no later than March 1.

Those who have already been vaccinate.

Hepatitis A symptoms

Fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain are among the symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infected individuals may also experience joint pain and jaundice.

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