Did You Eat at Popular Falmouth, Maine, Restaurant Where Worker Tested Positive for Hepatitis A?
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention warns you may have been exposed to Hepatitis A.
WMTW reported that the Maine CDC said that someone who works at The Dockside Grill in Falmouth has tested positive for Hepatitis A. There could be a risk to anyone who ate there.
According to WMTW,
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. It can spread through person-to-person contact or by consuming contaminated food or water.
The unnamed person worked at the restaurant, while infected, from October 23 to 25 and November 6 to 8. The CDC says that if you ate at the Dockside Grill or even got takeout during those days, you could be at risk for a Hepatitis A infection. Dockside is working closely with the Maine CDC, and right now, there is no concern beyond the dates the infected employee was working.
Symptoms vary and usually start to show 15–50 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms can include fatigue, jaundice, dark urine, pale-colored stools, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, fever, or joint pain. The younger you are, the less likely symptoms will be severe. If you have underlying health issues, this could complicate them.
Is there a vaccine against Hepatitis A?
Yes. Even after exposure, if you get the vaccine within 14 days, you can be protected. After one dose, at least 94 out of 100 people become immune to the Hepatitis A virus for several years. Getting the second dose ensures long-term protection.
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