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CHARLESTON - The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department is investigating a hepatitis-A case involving a food service worker at the Cold Spot at 710 Cross Lanes Drive in Nitro, West Virginia.

According to the department, the employee did not continue working at the restaurant after the diagnosis.

Stanley Mills, director of Environmental Health Services, said health department sanitarians visiting the restaurant found no unsafe food handling practices to indicate restaurant patrons need to be immunized because of possible exposure. The restaurant owner has cooperated fully with the investigation.

Most adults with hepatitis A have symptoms that generally resolve within two months of infection, but include diarrhea, fatigue, jaundice, low appetite, nausea and stomach pain. The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is to get vaccinated. Anyone with questions is urged to contact their health care providers or the health department.

This is the second hepatitis A case this year investigated by KCHD. Prior to these cases, it was more than two years since a confirmed case of hepatitis A was reported in Kanawha or Putnam counties.

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