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Tom’s Gyro, Pocatello Restaurant, with Hepatitis A Scare

Screen Shot 2012-08-15 at 1.26.58 PM.pngPatrons of Tom’s Gyro, 150 N. 3rd Ave., in Pocatello may have been exposed to Hepatitis A during August 2nd- August 14th, as an employee there has been confirmed as having the disease. Currently, there is no evidence of a hepatitis A outbreak associated with Tom’s Gyros. While the risk to public health is low, the possibility exists that Tom’s Gyro patrons could have been exposed to hepatitis A.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health is recommending that those persons who are not immune to hepatitis A (due to previous vaccination or previous illness) and who have eaten food or drink at Tom’s Gyro between August 2nd-August 14th receive hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin (IG) immediately. In addition, anyone who has consumed food or drink at Tom’s Gyro from July 15th-August 2nd should contact their medical provider if they are exhibiting any symptoms of hepatitis.

Hepatitis A vaccine and IG are available through most medical providers. In addition, Southeastern Idaho Public Health will have hepatitis A vaccine and immune globulin (IG) available for people directly affected by this potential exposure. Please call Southeastern Idaho Public Health’s hotline at 234-5888 to be screened and to make an appointment, if appropriate. It is important to know that if you have had a hepatitis A vaccine or have had the illness in the past, you are protected from hepatitis A infection.

  • Paul F Schwarz

    Is a side of Hepitatis A on the menu at Tom’s Gyro? Seriously we not only have to be aware of food borne illness but people borne as well. Why can’t the health departments ensure employee health? I have officially scratched off Tom’s Gyro’s off of my list of places that I am dying to eat!
    Paul F Schwarz
    December 18, 2011
    Section 51 Row 1 Grave 3 Ft Leavenworth/Leavenworth National Cemetery

  • nunya

    Omg nasty I worked here a while back and let me tell you these pople are sick! Noone I mean boone washes there hands tgey leave mayo out in the heat and reuse mop water for days! not just that all he employees are on drugs or reak of liquor. Not surprising to me!

  • Theresa Kentner

    If you read a blog that focuses on food poisoning, recalls, and food alerts, you are going to come across some nasty info.
    How would underfunded health departments ensure employee health? Weekly screenings? The affected employee may not even know they are the cause. Sure, vaccinations might help, but with staff turn over so high in restaurants, I don’t know how you’d keep up!

  • Mary

    It is up to the managers, owners, and restaurant employees to deal with employee health issues. Hepatitis A is particularly difficult to deal with because the onset of symptoms can come weeks after initial exposure.