EATON, Ohio (WDTN) – Preble County Public Health confirmed Wednesday that one food service worker at Jell’s Sports Grill in Eaton was diagnosed with Hepatitis A. It’s a virus that infects the liver. PCPH said the virus is spread by inadequate hand washing after using the toilet or changing diapers.
Officials said they found no health code violations at Jell’s Sports Grill. It is why the restaurant remains open. They also determined the virus was spread to anyone else.
PCHP said while the risk of transmission is low, anyone who has been to Jell’s Sports Grill between March 14 and June 13 is advised to get a Hepatitis A vaccine or consult with their doctor.
One Eaton resident said while it is somewhat surprising to hear about the case. he hopes it at least makes people more aware of the virus.
“I don’t see it being that much of a big deal. It is definitely good news to know this information is spread around so that people are at least aware and can go out and get vaccinated or can take the preventative measures,” William Hamhock said.
2 News reached out to the restaurant about the issue. In a statement they said, “Jells is aware that the health department put a notice in the Register Herald. The health department did not close Jells. We remain open for business and proudly continue to serve our community.”
Jell’s confirms to 2 News that the worker who tested positive for Hepatitis A no longer works at the restaurant.