Patrons Possibly Exposed to Hepatitis A at Mo. Red Robin
Mo. health officials are warning that a worker at a Springfield Red Robin restaurant may have exposed as many as 5,000 patrons to hepatitis A, according to WTSP news.
About the Hepatitis A Exposure
County health officials received a report of the illness on Tuesday morning at the Red Robin located at 3720 S. Glenstone Ave in Springfield, Mo. Up to 5,000 patrons who visited the restaurant between May 8 and May 16 may have been exposed to a worker who was ill with the virus.
In a press conference held at the county Public Safety Center at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, health officials have said the restaurant is now safe. Free immunization clinics have been set up to provide vaccines to those who visited the restaurant.
Locations of Free Immunization Clinics
- Friday at Remington’s, 1655 W. Republic Road. Vaccines must be received within 14 days of exposure to be effective.
- The Smith Glynn Callaway Clinic at 3231 S. National Ave will have the vaccine available during the holiday weekend.
The health department has also established a hotline for people to call with questions. People can call 417-829-6500 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. today or from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
About Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A is a liver disease that is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by a person infected with the virus. It ranges in severity from mild illness to a more serious condition lasting several months.