CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Officials have identified a confirmed case of hepatitis A in a Frisch’s restaurant employee who worked in two separate locations.
The individual worked at the Frisch’s location at 1228 Scioto Street in Urbana and 1831 Bechtle Avenue in Springfield.
A spokesperson from Frisch’s issued a statement saying, “We have fully cooperated with Health Department authorities, and appreciate their ongoing work in addressing this nationwide issue. The well-being of our guests and team members remains our paramount concern.”
The Champaign Health District and the Clark County Combined Health District are working with both restaurants to vaccinate all of the employees.
Officials say the risk of transmission to patrons is extremely low due to safe food handling practices in place.
“This case of hepatitis A just highlights the fact that the state is still in an active outbreak,” said Christina Conover, Nursing Director, Clark County Combined Health District. “Proper handwashing and vaccination are the most effective strategies to combat this virus.”
The disease can be spread by ingesting fecal matter from an infected individual.
Symptoms of hepatitis A include:
- Low appetite
- Stomach pain
- Clay-colored stool
Anyone interested in receiving the hepatitis A vaccine should contact their healthcare provider, local pharmacy, or their local health district.