Nearly 7,000 exposed.

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services is investigating a case of Hepatitis A virus in an individual who worked at the Driver’s Seat Restaurant, in, Southampton, New York.

Patrons who consumed food or beverage at this establishment between August 6th and August 20th may have been exposed to Hepatitis A. Preventive treatment for Hepatitis A virus can help to prevent or lessen the severity of illness when given within two weeks of exposure.

SCDHS will offer free Hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin (IG) to individuals who dined at this establishment between August 16th and August 20th . Treatment is offered at the 3rd Floor Teaching Center, Southampton Hospital, 240 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, at the following times:

Friday, August 30 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 31 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Monday, September 2 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 3 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Treatment will also be offered at SCDHS offices, 3500 Sunrise Hwy, Suite 124, Great River on:

Friday, August 30 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 3 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Potentially exposed individuals may also receive preventive treatment from their health care provider. Preventive treatment is not recommended for individuals potentially exposed before August 16, 2013. Those individuals should be aware of the signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A and contact their health care provider if they become ill.

Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver caused by the Hepatitis A virus. The virus may be spread by consuming food or drink that has been handled by an infected person. It may also be spread from person to person by putting in the mouth something that has been contaminated with fecal material of a person with hepatitis A. Casual contact, as in an office or school setting, does not spread the virus.

The symptoms of Hepatitis A range from mild to severe and include fever, fatigue, poor appetite, nausea, stomach pain, dark-colored urine and jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes). Most people recover in a few weeks without any complications. The symptoms commonly appear within 28 days of exposure, with a range of 15-50 days. There is no specific treatment for Hepatitis A. Treatment is supportive care. Thorough hand washing after bathroom use and before, during and after food preparation can help to prevent the spread of this and other intestinal illnesses.