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W.Va. school food service worker diagnosed with hepatitis A

November 16, 2018

GHENT, W.Va. (AP) — School officials in West Virginia say a food service worker has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

News outlets report the worker was employed at Ghent Elementary School in Raleigh County.

The Raleigh County Board of Education says it’s taking steps to clean and sanitize the school. No other hepatitis A cases have been reported involving the school.

The Beckley-Raleigh County Health Department is offering hepatitis A vaccinations to individuals who consumed food at the school between Oct. 21 and Nov. 9.

Hepatitis A is a communicable disease of the liver caused by a virus. It’s usually transmitted person-to-person or by consuming contaminated food or water.

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