Salt Lake Valley health workers are warning the public about a case of hepatitis A found in an employee of a downtown Salt lake City, Utah Quiznos restaurant.
What are the symptoms of Hepatitis A?
Some people with Hepatitis A do not have any symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they may include the following:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Joint pain
- Jaundice (a yellowing of the skin or eyes)
The Salt Lake County Health Department advises all people who ate at the Quiznos sandwich shop on 30 East and 300 South in Salt Lake City between Aug. 5 and Aug. 7 may be at risk for hepatitis A and should receive hepatitis A vaccine or an immune globulin injection as soon as they can.
People who ate at that same Salt Lake City Quiznos store before those dates may also have been exposed to hepatitis A. Unfortunately, if you ate at the downtown Salt Lake City Quiznos before that date would not benefit from an immunization.
Reportedly, Quiznos will cover the cost of immunizations, which are available at the Salt Lake Valley Heath Department City Clinic. Vaccinations are available at no charge to the exposed persons until 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20 and from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 21, at the SLVHD City Clinic, 610 S. 200 East. People who ate at the restaurant on the relevant dates but who are now out of the area are urged to contact a health care provider for the appropriate injection. People who ate food from the restaurant from July 27 through Aug. 5 also may have been exposed to hepatitis A. However, the 14-day timeframe for an injection to prevent infection has passed, and these persons are encouraged to watch for signs of hepatitis A and contact a health care provider if they appear. While hepatitis A does not always produce symptoms, symptoms can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. According to CDC, almost all people who get hepatitis A recover completely and do not have any lasting liver damage, although they may feel sick for months. More information is available from the SLVHD: Visit at www.slvhealth.org or telephone 801-743-7280.
The food-bourne illness personal injury attorneys at The Lance Firm are currently investigating these dangerous Quiznos hepatitis A exposure cases. We suggest that anyone that ate at the Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah Quiznos contact us immediately to discuss your legal rights and options.
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