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Health department issues warning after possible Hep. A exposure at SLC restaurant

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- The Salt Lake County Health Departments says people who ate at the New Yorker restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City this summer may have been exposed to hepatitis A.

Health officials say up to 650 people may be affected. The possible exposure occurred when an infected employee worked while infectious and potentially handled certain food or beverage items.

“It can happen to anyone. This restaurant, as far as I know, has a very good record,” Salt Lake County Health Department Medical Director Dr. Dagmar Vitek said. 

SLCoHD believes this case is linked to the ongoing hepatitis A outbreak Salt Lake County has been experiencing since mid-2017. To date, 275 cases have been confirmed in Utah. One hundred and 90 cases were in Salt Lake County. 

An employee who handled food and beverages was infected with the virus and may have infected others, according to Dr. Vitek.

They say those who ate at the restaurant located at 60 West Market Street between July 25th and August 15th should watch for symptoms of hep. A and see their doctor if they are concerned.

Symptoms include low fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and yellow skin and eyes. The incubation period for hepatitis A is two to seven weeks, so potentially affected customers should watch for symptoms until October 3.

“It can be a very serious disease and we actually see death. This outbreak in other states and here in Utah, there is a three to four percent mortality rate, which is really high for hepatitis A,” Dr. Vitek said.

To date, SLCoHD has not received any reports of illness related to this possible exposure

Potentially affected customers with specific questions may call SLCoHD at 385-468-INFO (4636).

Hepatitis A vaccine is covered by most insurance plans and is widely available at local pharmacies, health care providers, and SLCoHD immunization clinics. Call 385-468-SHOT (7468) for an appointment at a health department immunization clinic.

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