The number continues to grow when it comes to Hepatitis A cases in Louisville, Kentucky. An employee of the White Castle restaurant located at 3701 Seventh St. Rd. in Louisville has been diagnosed with an acute case. Customers who ate at the restaurant from April 6 to April 20, 2018 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus.
Here’s some of the symptoms: fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). People can become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus. If you are experiencing symptoms you should seek medical attention.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health declared a statewide hepatitis A outbreak. Since the outbreak began there have been 281 cases diagnosed in Louisville and more than 14,000 vaccinated.
White Castle will provide free hepatitis A vaccinations for their employees in the Louisville Metro area.
The cost of the hepatitis A vaccine has been reduced from $65 to $25. Businesses with more than 20 employees can have a nurse come to their site to provide the immunizations. Businesses with fewer than 20 employees may designate vaccine for their employees to be immunized at U of L’s walk-in clinic.
As of April 24th, more than 50 local food service establishments have chosen to provide their employees the hepatitis A vaccine through this effort.
For more information about hepatitis A visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/health-wellness/hepatitis.
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