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Indiana Lone Star Restaurant has Hepatitis A Positive Employee

LoneState Hepatitis.jpgThe Vanderburgh County Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health are investigating a case of Hepatitis A in a food worker at the Lone Star Restaurant located in the Eastland Place Shopping Center at 943 N. Green River Road Evansville IN, 47715-2418.

“We’ve been in contact with Lone Star and we wanted to let people know that they may have been exposed,” Dr. Ray Nicholson, Health Officer for the Health Department said.

Persons who were exposed and unvaccinated can receive a dose of Hepatitis A vaccine to help lessen the effects of the disease or prevent disease if given within 14 days of exposure. Persons who ate or drank at the Lone Star from April 20-April 26, 2012 could have been exposed to Hepatitis A, but should not receive vaccine because it is not effective for exposure past 14 days. Those people should seek medical care if they show symptoms of Hepatitis A.

Persons who ate at the Lone Star from April 27, 2012 to May 3, 2012 may also have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus. The Vanderburgh County Health Department and Indiana State Department of Health are working to secure vaccine to offer to anyone who ate at the restaurant from April 27 to May 3, 2012. Information on immunization clinics will be released when the health department receives the vaccine. In the meantime, health officials say to remain on the alert.