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La Mesa California Chipotle Mexican Grill Hepatitis A Outbreak Update

Illnesses as of a few moments ago are holding at 14. However, San Diego Health officials have advised people who ate at the restaurant, at 8005 Fletcher Parkway, between March 1 and April 22 to see a doctor if they are experiencing symptoms of the viral infection.

Hepatitis A is one of five human hepatitis viruses (hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E) that primarily infect the liver and cause illness. An estimated 80,000 cases occur each year in the U.S., although much higher estimates have been proposed based on mathematical modeling of the past incidence of infection. Each year, an estimated 100 persons die as a result of acute liver failure in the U.S. due to hepatitis A, but the rate of infection has dramatically decreased since the hepatitis A vaccine was licensed and became available in the U.S. in 1995.

Hepatitis A is a communicable (or contagious) disease that spreads from person-to-person. It is spread almost exclusively through fecal-oral contact, generally from person-to-person, or via contaminated food or water. Food contaminated with the virus is the most common vehicle transmitting hepatitis A. The food preparer or cook is the individual most often contaminating the food, although he or she is generally not ill at the time of food preparation. The peak time of infectivity, when the most viruses are present in the stool of an infectious individual, is during the two weeks before illness begins. Although only a small percentage of hepatitis A infections are associated with foodborne transmission, foodborne outbreaks have been increasingly implicated as a significant source of hepatitis A infection.

Hepatitis A may also be spread by household contact among families or roommates, sexual contact, ingestion of contaminated water, ingestion of raw or undercooked fruits and vegetables or shellfish (like oysters), and from persons sharing illicit drugs. Children often have asymptomatic or unrecognized infections and can pass the virus through ordinary play to family members and other children and adults. We have been involved in representing families who have suffered from this virus.

* Carl’s Jr. Hepatitis A Outbreak – Washington
* Chi-Chi’s Hepatitis A Outbreak – Pennsylvania
* D’Angelo’s Deli Hepatitis A Outbreak – Massachusetts
* Friendly’s Hepatitis A Exposure – Massachusetts
* Houlihan’s Hepatitis A Exposure – Illinois
* Maple Lawn Dairy Hepatitis A Outbreak – New York
* McDonald’s Hepatitis A Outbreak – Washington
* Quizno’s Hepatitis A Exposure – Massachusetts
* Soleil Produce Hepatitis A Outbreak – California
* Subway Hepatitis A Outbreak – Washington
* Taco Bell Hepatitis A Outbreak – Florida

  • Nissa Fossq

    I ate at Chipotle on April 22nd and I’m trying to get information. I have a new born and am recovering from a c section so needless to say I do NOT wish to become ill. I have read aboout the immunoglobulin shot and wanted to know if I should get it. However, there is no information out there. The only information I do get is to go to the Dr if I have symptoms but then isnt it too late? I emailed Chipotle only to be told pretty much they are not the cause of this, it could be another restaurant and it’s safe to eat there. I just didnt like their responce at all! So I’m wondering if you have any information. Thank you

  • martin ngugi kamau.

    Am a graphic designer and illustrator born without fore arms,am based in nairobi Kenya and interested in sensitizing people more on the disease how can i get more detailed information on the disease and how can we work together.
    As u know most people in my country Kenya do not have access to the internet and the rely more on the publications.
    my aim is to came up with away that we can giive information forom kids to adults. am developing a way that is friendly and intresting such as cartoons and comic strips.
    for more information contact me.
    thank you for reading.