According to local press reports, Westchester County has treated 250 people who may have been exposed to hepatitis A at Sleepy Hollow Country Club, officials said today.
Those people received preventive treatment after a club employee was infected by one of the five people who were exposed to hepatitis A at bartaco in Port Chester, said Caren Halbfinger, a spokeswoman for the Westchester Department of Health.
The department is offering free treatment at its clinic at 134 Court St. in White Plains for anyone who ate or drank at the club between Oct. 30 and Nov. 4.
The Health Department will offer hepatitis A vaccine to most people. Infants under 1 year old and people with immune-compromising conditions will be given immune globulin.
The county clinic is providing treatment from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Tuesday, 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. Officials said treatment is most effective within two weeks of exposure.
Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow is offering treatment for anyone who attended its gala at the country club on Nov. 3. Treatment is available at the hospital at 755 N. Broadway from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday this week.
Anyone who ate or drank at the club between Oct. 21 and Oct. 29 may also have been exposed, but the treatment is only effective within two weeks of exposure, officials said. Anyone who is too late for treatment is still urged to contact their health care provider immediately, though, so that anyone they may have exposed can receive treatment.
Health officials said they did not expect this outbreak to affect as many as people as bartaco’s outbreak, which included treatment of more than 3,000 people who were potentially exposed to hepatitis A.