Buffalo Wild Wings employee diagnosed with Hepatitis A
An employee at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant on Mound Road in Warren, Michigan, has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A. The Macomb County Health Department confirmed the illness during a recent inspection of the restaurant. The spread of Hepatitis A can occur when proper food safety protocol is not followed.
Unlike other diseases and illnesses, you cannot get Hepatitis A from simply interacting with an infected person. In other words, hugging, sitting next to, or being coughed on by an infected person will not give you Hepatitis A. Rather, infection is the result of contact with an infected person’s stool, which can happen by:
- Consuming food prepared by an infected person that recently used the bathroom but didn’t wash his or her hands with soap and water.
- Drinking untreated water.
- Coming in close contact with an infected person via sex or caring for someone who is ill.
- Placing something that has been in contact with an infected person’s stool in your mouth.
The Macomb County Health Department is advising anyone who visited the restaurant between March 24, 2018, and April 9, 2018, to keep an eye out for developing symptoms, which include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dark urine, fever, chills and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice).
Symptoms develop anywhere between 15 and 50 days after exposure. Anyone who develops these symptoms should seek medical care. The Health Department also recommends a hepatitis A vaccine for previously unvaccinated persons who consumed food at Buffalo Wild Wings between March 24 and April 9, 2018. Vaccination can prevent hepatitis A if given within 14 days after potential exposure.
Michigan is experiencing a serious hepatitis A outbreak. More than 800 cases have been reported statewide since August of 2016.
For more information about the Hepatitis A outbreak and the case of Hepatitis A at Buffalo Wild Wings, particularly if you ate there between March 24 and April 9, 2018, contact the food poisoning lawyers at 1-888-335-4901.