Hepatitis A case confirmed in Olga's Kitchen restaurant worker in Monroe County

Posted: 4:37 PM, Mar 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-14 20:39:51Z

The Monroe County Health Department confirmed a case of Hepatitis A in a food handler at Olga's Kitchen on Telegraph Road in Monroe. 

Anyone who consumed food from the restaurant between Feb. 24 and March 14 may have been exposed to the virus.

MCHD is recommending vaccination with the Hepatitis A vaccine or treatment with immune globulin for individuals who can't receive the vaccine.

MCHD is working closely with the restaurant to vaccinate all employees and eliminate any additional risk of exposure. 

Restaurant owners and employees are cooperating fully with MCHD.

 “While Hepatitis A can be very serious, we are fortunate to have an effective vaccine available,” says Carl J Schmidt, MD, MPH, medical director with MCHD. “We encourage anyone concerned about potential exposure to speak with their health care provider or MCHD as soon as possible. Vaccination is strongly encouraged for all eligible individuals, as multiple counties in Michigan are impacted by this Hepatitis A outbreak."

Those who have consumed food or drink from the restaurant during the specified dates should monitor for symptoms of Hepatitis A which include fatigue, poor appetite, stomach pain on tenderness, nausea or vomiting, dark urine and yellowing of the skin.