Bethel restaurant employee diagnosed with hepatitis A

    Employee at the Bethel McDonald's diagnosed with hepatitis A (Clermont Co Public Health)

    CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - For the second time in two days, an employee at a Clermont County restaurant has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. This time, it is the McDonald's on West Plane Street in Bethel.

    There is a very low risk of customers contracting the disease, however Clermont County Public Health asks anyone who ate at the restaurant from Dec. 16 through Dec. 29 to watch for symptoms for the next 50 days.

    Wednesday, the organization said an employee at the IHOP on Romar Drive in Milford Township was diagnosed with the disease.

    If anyone suspects they have hepatitis A, a vaccine can protect them from getting sick if they get it within two weeks of contact.

    Symptoms include:

    • Fatigue
    • Low appetite
    • Stomach pain
    • Nausea
    • Clay-colored stools
    • Jaundice (yellowish color to the skin and eyes)

    The Ohio Department of Health declared a statewide outbreak of hepatitis A in June. So far, there have been 1,370 cases statewide and 42 cases in Clermont County that are linked to this outbreak. Restaurant workers were expected to meet with health department professionals Wednesday to discuss concerns.

    Proper hand washing is critical in preventing the disease.

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