SAGINAW, MI — The Saginaw County Health Department confirmed on Thursday, Aug. 29 a case of hepatitis A in a food service worker at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant and Old Country Store, 6540 Dixie in Bridgeport.
Anyone who visited the restaurant from Sunday, Aug. 25, through Wednesday, Aug. 28, may have been exposed and is advised to receive the hepatitis A vaccine before Sept. 8, the health department said.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus.
Symptoms can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.
Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person, according to the CDC.
The vaccination can prevent hepatitis A if given within 14 days of exposure, according to the Health Department.
The vaccination is available at the Health Department and through some healthcare providers and pharmacies.
For information, visit saginawpublichealth.org.