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Shots for food workers urged in 2 West Virginia counties

May 23, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials are urging hepatitis A vaccinations for restaurant and food service employees in two West Virginia counties.

The Bureau for Public Health made the recommendation Wednesday for such employees in Kanawha and Putnam counties.

Eight food establishments in Kanawha, Putnam and Cabell counties have been identified as having a worker confirmed with hepatitis A. The bureau says in a statement that in each of those instances, a history of drug use was identified in an employee. No customers have become sick and state health officer Dr. Rahul Gupta says the risk of hepatitis A transmission to the general public remains low.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include fever, nausea and vomiting.

The statement says three vaccination clinics for hepatitis A have been scheduled, including Friday at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.

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