Public health issues hepatitis A warning

Google Maps screenshot - Erie County Department of Health reports that an employee of Casa-di-Pizza, on Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo, has a confirmed case of hepatitis A

Google Maps screenshot – Erie County Department of Health reports that an employee of Casa-di-Pizza, on Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo, has a confirmed case of hepatitis A

If you ate at Buffalo, New York’s Casa-di-Pizza restaurant anytime between March 1 and 19 of this year, you may be at risk of hepatitis A and require a vaccination, Niagara Region Public Health is advising.

Erie County Department of Health reports that an employee of the restaurant, on Elmwood Ave., has a confirmed case of hepatitis A and anyone who ate in the restaurant or banquet rooms during those time frames are considered potentially exposed and could be at risk of infection.

For customers who who ordered take-out food or consumed food or drink from the bar, there is no risk.

“The health risk to the residents of Niagara is very low. We are taking these actions with an abundance of caution to ensure the public health safety of our residents who may have travelled over the border to this specific restaurant for a meal, ” said Jennifer Sharron, manager of infectious diseases with Niagara public health.

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes liver infection with symptoms that can last a few weeks to several months. Symptoms can develop 15 to 50 days after exposure to the virus and can range from mild to severe.

Infants and the elderly can get quite sick. Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, tiredness, nausea and vomiting, dark urine and yellowing of the skin.

The virus is rarely fatal and is not known to cause long-term infection.

For individuals who ate at Casa-di-Pizza restaurant or banquet rooms from March 1 to 19 please call public health at 905-688-8248 ext. 7330, or 1-888-505-6074.

 

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