November 30, 2006
A restaurant worker has tested positive for Hepatitis A infection. Dr. Brenda Cholin, Medical Health Officer for Prairie North Health Region states “The risk of transmission of this virus from the worker to patrons of the restaurant is small however to minimize the risk, Hepatitis A vaccination will be offered to persons who ate at the KC Steakhouse restaurant from Monday November 20 to Tuesday November 28.”
The vaccine will be available from Public Health at the Community Services building next to the Lloydminster Hospital beginning at 1 pm today. The vaccination clinic will be open today until 8 pm, Friday Dec 1 from 8am to 8pm and Saturday Dec 2 from 10am to 8pm.
People who ate at the KC restaurant from Nov 20 to 28, but who live in communities outside Lloydminster may contact their local public health office for vaccine.
People who have been vaccinated with 2 doses of Hepatitis A vaccine for travel or other reasons, or who had Hepatitis A illness in the past, are immune to this infection and do not need more vaccine.
Hepatitis A vaccine will give protection if received within 14 days after contact with the virus. If it is more than 14 days since contact there is no preventative vaccine or medication. People are advised to watch for symptoms of hepatitis A infection and contact their doctor if they become ill.
Hepatitis A is a viral infection which affects the liver and causes fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea and abdominal discomfort followed by yellow jaundice a few days later. It is usually a mild illness lasting 1-2 weeks but may be more severe and last up to 6 months in some people. In general adults become more ill than children. Most people recover completely without complications. This type of hepatitis does not cause long term infection.
Hepatitis A virus is shed in the feces of an infected person and is spread from person to person by direct contact with an infected person or indirectly by eating or drinking food or liquids contaminated with the virus. Occasionally it may be acquired through sexual contact or blood transfusion. Infected people are most infectious for 1 to 2 weeks before they become ill and remain infectious for about 1 week after they develop jaundice. Handwashing particularly after using the bathroom and before preparing food minimizes the risk of spread.
The public may call the following for more information about hepatitis infection or vaccination:
Residents of Saskatchewan HealthLine - 1 877 800 0002
Residents of Alberta HealthLink - 1 866 408 5465
Media Inquiries contact: Dr. Brenda Cholin (306) 446-6400