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North Carolina Fruity Yogurt Linked to Hepatitis A Risk

30043212_300X305.jpgPatrons of a Goldsboro restaurant may have been exposed to hepatitis A. The health scare stems from a restaurant called Fruity Yogurt.

The Wayne County Health Department says anyone who ate at the 317 Spence Ave. restaurant on Dec. 7 needs to get a free protective shot.

The clinic begins Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Wayne County Health Department at 301 North Herman St.

The hepatitis A vaccine reduces the risk of the disease when given within 14 days of exposure.

Symptoms appear 2-7 weeks after exposure and commonly include fever, a feeling of being unwell, loss of appetite, diarrhea, nausea and abdominal discomfort; urine may become darker in color and jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes) may appear. Some individuals, especially children, may not develop jaundice, and may have an illness so mild that it can go unnoticed.

Those who have had a hepatitis A infection or hepatitis A vaccine are protected from the virus and do not need to take additional actions.