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Patrons at Tabitha’s Way in Spanish Fork may have been exposed to Hepatitis A

January 11, 2018 GMT

The Utah County Health Department announced Thursday that Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry in Spanish Fork has been added to the list of eateries with possible Hepatitis A exposures.

A press release from the department indicates that the exposure would have occurred between Dec. 28 and Jan. 3 and applies to food that is not canned.

The Spanish Fork Olive Garden, which had an infected employee working, donated food to the food pantry.

Earlier this week the health department also alerted people may have been exposed to Hepatitis A if they had consumed food or beverages or used the restroom at the Sonic Drive-In in Spanish Fork from Dec. 23 to Dec. 24 or at the Olive Garden in Spanish Fork from Dec. 21 to Dec. 30.

Symptoms of hepatitis A can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine, diarrhea, clay-colored stools and fatigue.

The release states that those who visited Tabitha’s Way during that time period should call (801) 851-4372 or the Utah Health Department’s website to determine if they should receive a vaccine.

Aislynn Tolman-Hill, spokeswoman for the health department, said the Utah County Health Department was using social media to get the word out. Tabitha’s Way was also communicating with their patrons to make sure they were notified of the possible exposure.

Tolman-Hill said about 400 people had been vaccinated by 5 p.m. on Wednesday. They were still receiving calls, inquires from the website and people coming in to be vaccinated.

Tolman-Hill said the Utah County Health Department will be offering vaccines until 5 p.m. Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and next week as well.

“At this point we have plenty of Hepatitis A vaccine here at the health department,” says Ralph Clegg, Utah County Health Department executive director, said in the release. “We are doing are best to plan ahead and don’t anticipate any issues at this point.”