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Franklin County health officials recommend Hep A vaccine after Bob Evans employee diagnosed

The county health department will be hosting free vaccination clinics Friday and Saturday.

August 14, 2019 - 12:28 pm
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WASHINGTON, Mo. (KMOX) — Franklin County health officials are taking action after an employee at a Bob Evans restaurant in Washington was diagnosed with hepatitis A. 

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious viral infection of the liver, according to the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services.

The worker was infected while working shifts at the eatery on Phoenix Center Drive from Aug. 3 though Aug. 10, according to a Facebook post from the Franklin County Health Department.

Health officials are encouraging anyone who ate at the restaurant between Aug. 3 and 12 should get a hep-A vaccination as a precaution. 

    The county health department will host free mass vaccination clinics from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16; 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 17; 1-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at 414 E. Main St., Union, Mo. 63084.

    If you ate at the restaruant during the time period, health officials are also asking you to:

    1. Monitor health for symptoms of hepatitis A infection up to 50 days after exposure
    2. Wash hands with soap and warm water frequently and thoroughly, especially after using the bathroom and before preparing food
    3. Stay at home and contact your health care provider immediately if symptoms of hepatitis A infection develop

    As of Aug. 13, the state of Missouri has recorded 406 cases of hepatitis A — 66 of those in Franklin County.

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