UPDATE: Fort Oglethorpe Krystal employee diagnosed with hepatitis A
An employee at a Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, area Krystal has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A.
Anyone who ate at the Krystal at 2560 Lafayette Road between March 15-24 is being advised to contact their health care provider or the health department to see if they need to get a vaccination.
The Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District said an employee at the restaurant worked while infectious.
While it is relatively rare for restaurant patrons to become infected with Hepatitis A virus due to an infected food handler, 'there might be some risk to the public,” District Health Director Dr. Unini Odama said, “and therefore we are doing everything necessary to protect the public and anyone that might have been inadvertently exposed to the hepatitis A virus.'”
A free vaccination clinic will be held at the Catoosa County Health Department Saturday, April 6 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
The health department advises that anyone who visited the restaurant during March 15-24 do three things:
- Monitor their health for symptoms of hepatitis A infection up to fifty days after exposure.
- Wash their hands with soap and warm water frequently and thoroughly, especially after using the bathroom and before preparing food.
- Stay at home and contact your healthcare provider immediately if symptoms of hepatitis A infection develop.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A include loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, stomach pain, dark-colored urine and light-colored stools. Yellowing of the skin and eyes is also possible, the health department said. It is possible to get sick up to 50 days after being exposed to the virus.
For more information about hepatitis A, visit the CDC's website or the Northwest Georgia Public Health Department's website.
Channel 3 reached out to Krystal. They sent us the following statement.
"Krystal is committed to the health and safety of both our employees and our guests. We’ve been closely monitoring the nationwide outbreak of Hepatitis A, with a focus on the geographical area within our footprint of restaurants. As soon as we were notified earlier today by the GA Dept of Health (GA DPH) that one of our employees had tested positive, we arranged for all employees from this location, who were not previously vaccinated for Hepatitis A, to be vaccinated immediately. Employee vaccinations are required to continue working following the direction of the GA DPH. Their support is greatly appreciated, as is the loyalty of our employees and guests.
Krystal guests who have questions and concerns may call either 1-800-4KRYSTAL or 1-800-457-9782."