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Hepatitis A case confirmed in Wayne County restaurant worker

The Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Welfare has confirmed a case of hepatitis A linked to a Woodhaven restaurant.

All employees were vaccinated, health officials said.

The case was identified in a food service worker at MOD Pizza at 23071 Allen Road, Woodhaven. The facility was inspected on Thursday and is open to the public, according to a press release.

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The authorities urge anyone who has consumed MOD Pizza food between April 28 and May 12 to monitor the symptoms, that include: abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dark urine, clay-colored stools, fever, chills and yellow skin and eyes.

Symptoms occur between 15 and 50 days after exposure and may last for several weeks or months, according to a press release.

Diseases can be prevented by a vaccine within 14 days of exposure. Health officials recommend that people get immunization to protect themselves from future exposures.

Wayne County suggests the following to prevent the spread of the disease:

  • Hepatitis A vaccine.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water after using a bath or changing diapers.
  • Wash your hands well with soap and water during the preparation of food and before eating.
  • Avoid raw or undercooked seafood.
  • Do not prepare food for others if you are sick.

The health department clinic has vaccines available for people without insurance coverage at 33030 Van Born Road, Wayne.

For more information, call 734-727-7078 or check online.

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