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Bronx Restaurant Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

The New York City Department of Health is urging patrons of a Bronx restaurant to be vaccinated for hepatitis A after linking five cases back to the restaurant.

Bronx Restaurant Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak

“We are asking all restaurant patrons and employees to get this vaccination as soon as possible.” – Health Commissioner Thomas Farley as published by Medical Daily

  • According to Medical Daily, five cases of Hepatitis A were linked back to a Japanese restaurant located in the Bronx, the New Hawaii Sea Restaurant.
  • The New York City Department of Health is urging all patrons of the restaurant to receive a hepatitis A vaccination if they have not already done so.
  • Further, should any patron exhibit signs of the liver disease, they are advised to seek medical attention immediately.

Details of Hepatitis A

  • Hepatitis A is a liver disease that is caused by the hepatitis A virus which results in swelling and inflammation of the liver. Unlike hepatitis B and hepatitis C, however, the disease does not become a chronic illness.
  • Approximately 3,600 new cases of hepatitis A are reported every year, but the National Institute of Health warns that many more cases go undiagnosed and unreported.
  • Symptoms of hepatitis A include:

    • Dark Urine
    • Fatigue
    • Itching
    • Jaundice
    • Loss of Appetite
    • Vomiting and Nausea
  • While the majority of patients diagnosed with hepatitis A recover within three to six months, the viral infection may result in death in the elderly or those with liver disease.
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