Hepatitis A Warning

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TORONTO — A recent health warning out of Toronto should serve as a reminder to all restaurant employees and owners across the county of the required vigilance when it comes to food safety.

Toronto Public Health has identified a case of Hepatitis A at a Wendy’s restaurant at 438 Nugget Avenue in Scarborough, Ont. Anyone who consumed food prepared at said restaurant between July 26 and Aug. 6 may have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus, although risk of infection is very low.

Patrons who ate at the restaurant on any of the indicated dates should watch for signs of illness and contact their health-care provider if they experience any of the following: fever, loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, dark urine or a yellowing of the skin (jaundice). Symptoms can develop up to 50 days after exposure.

Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver caused by a virus and can be spread person to person through contaminated food. Hand hygiene is extremely important in preventing the spread of the virus, as Hepatitis A is not spread by coughing or sneezing. Most people who are infected recover completely with no permanent liver damage.

A vaccine is available for people at high risk of getting the disease.

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