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.