Hepatitis A found in one worker at Ann Arbor restaurant

Posted at 4:25 PM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 13:59:47-04

Washtenaw County Public Health has confirmed a case of Hepatits A in a local restaurant worker in Ann Arbor.

The diagnosed individual works at Cardamom Restaurant, located at 1739 Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor. Anyone who ate at the restaurant between Sept. 16 and Oct. 3 may have been exposed.

Restaurant patrons who spoke with 7 Action News said they were concerned by the news, but trusted that all precautions were being taken.

Washtenaw County Public Health is providing information to alert residents and guests to the possible exposure and to recommend prompt hepatitis A vaccination or immune globulin (IG) to potentially exposed individuals.

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

The diagnosed individual is not currently working and is receiving medical care. 

“While hepatitis A can be very serious, we are fortunate to have an effective vaccine available,” says Jessie Kimbrough Marshall, MD, MPH, medical director with Washtenaw County Public Health. “We encourage anyone concerned about potential exposure to talk with their health care provider or Washtenaw County Public Health as soon as possible. Vaccination is strongly encouraged for all eligible individuals, as multiple counties in southeast Michigan have seen outbreaks of hepatitis A in recent months.”