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2018-02-14 / Local News

County confirms case of hepatitis A

The Erie County Department of Health has confirmed a case of hepatitis A in an individual who is employed as a food handler at two different locations in Erie County, according to County Executive Mark Poloncarz and county Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein.

The individual worked at Al-E-Oops Restaurant, 5389 Genesee St. in Lancaster, and Brookdale Williamsville Senior Living Community, 6076 Main St., Amherst.

Customers who consumed food prepared at Al-E-Oops from Jan. 20 to 23 and Jan. 27 to 30 may have been exposed to hepatitis A, according to the Health Department.

Residents, staff and visitors who consumed food at Brookdale from Jan. 16 to 31 may also have been exposed to hepatitis A.

A free hepatitis A immunization clinic will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Association, Station 1, 36 Main St. in Bowmansville.

Immunizations will be offered only to individuals who consumed food prepared at Al-E-Oops from Jan. 27 to 30. Providing immunization to people who consumed food products purchased before those dates will not be effective.

The hepatitis A vaccine, or immune globulin, is effective only within two weeks of exposure to the virus. Patrons who ate in Al-E-Oops restaurant on the specified dates and have not been previously vaccinated against hepatitis A should receive the hepatitis A vaccine, or immune globulin, as soon as possible.

“While we believe the risk to the public is low, hepatitis A is a serious infection,” said Burstein in a statement released this afternoon.

“As a precaution, anyone who consumed food produced at Al-E-Oops between Jan. 20 and Jan. 23 are advised to monitor themselves and their families for symptoms for 50 days since those products were consumed,” Burstein said. “The same goes for individuals who dined at Brookdale Williamsville Senior Living Community between the dates of Jan. 16 and Jan. 22.”

There is no ongoing risk of infection associated with either Al-E-Oops or Brookdale, according to the information from the county.

Both sites have been cleaned, inspected and approved as safe to operate by the county Department of Health Environmental Public Health Sanitarians or the state Department of Health.

For more information about the issue, contact the county Department of Health by calling 858-2929, or visit www.erie.gov/health.

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