Restaurant Workers in W.Va. Recommended to Get Vaccinated for Hepatitis A

May 23, 2018

Health officials in West Virginia are urging restaurant and food service employees to get hepatitis A vaccinations if they work in Kanawha and Putnam counties. 

Eight food establishments in Kanawha, Putnam and Cabell counties have been identified as having a worker confirmed with hepatitis A. 

The Bureau for Public Health said in a statement on Wednesday that in each of those instances, a history of drug use was identified in an employee. No customers have become sick, and state health officer Dr. Rahul Gupta says the risk of hepatitis A transmission to the general public remains low. 

Symptoms of hepatitis A include fever, nausea and vomiting.

The statement says three vaccination clinics for hepatitis A have been scheduled:

  • May 25                 Kanawha-Charleston Health Department; 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • May 30                 Charleston Civic Center; 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • June 1                   St. George Conference Center (Court and Lee Streets); 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.