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Health District Issues Warning About Hepatitis Restaurant’s Customers May Have Been Exposed To Virus

The Panhandle Health District is recommending that people who ate recently at Rustler’s Roost on Sherman Avenue be immunized against a contagious disease.

A food handler there was diagnosed with hepatitis A on Tuesday, said environmental health specialist Steve McMillan.

Anyone who was a customer from April 1 through April 10 could have been exposed to the virus, he said.

An immune globulin injection can prevent or reduce symptoms of the disease if it is received within 14 days of exposure. The shots will be offered between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at the health district office, 2195 Ironwood Court.

Rustler’s Roost will pay for the immunizations.

Hepatitis A, a liver infection, can be transmitted by eating food handled by an infected person. Its spread is best prevented by adequately washing hands with soap and warm water after going to the bathroom or changing diapers, McMillan said.

Symptoms last up to two weeks. They include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, aching and fever fever. Later symptoms include possible dark-colored urine, light-colored stools and yellowing of eyes or skin.

The woman who contracted the illness was not hospitalized, said restaurant owner Daren McEvers. To his knowledge, he said, no one else has become sick.



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