Vaccinations offered amid hepatitis worries in Franklin County

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WASHINGTON, Mo. – Health officials in eastern Missouri’s Franklin County plan mass hepatitis A vaccinations Friday and Saturday after another outbreak of the contagious liver infection.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an employee at a Bob Evans restaurant in Washington was infected. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says it is “uncommon” for restaurant patrons to catch hepatitis A from a sick food handler, but urged precautionary vaccinations for those who ate at the restaurant between Aug. 3 and Monday.

The health department advised patrons to monitor their health for 50 days after exposure and watch for symptoms that may include yellowing of the skin or eyes, abdominal pain, nausea or diarrhea.

The case marked the third time since June that a Franklin County diagnosis prompted a public warning.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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