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Hepatitis A positive La Roma Pizzeria employee prompts scare

An employee at La Roma Pizzeria, 600 Floyd Ave., has tested positive for Hepatitis A and worked while infectious, possibly exposing restaurant patrons, according to the Oneida County Health Department.

In previous instances, the Health Department said that cases in restaurants do not suggest anything was done wrong or proper sanitation procedures not followed, but simply that a person may have worked at the establishments before learning that he or she had the condition.

LaRoma’s Pizzeria has been notified of potential Hepatitis A exposure, and is cooperating with the Health Department. Health Department staff are inspecting the restaurant and will conduct additional inspections over the coming weeks.

“All those who are eligible should get vaccinated for Hepatitis A,” said Phyllis D. Ellis, BSN, MS, FACHE, county director of health in a statement.

Now, “those who consumed food prepared by the restaurant between April 27, 2020 and May 4, 2020 must receive preventive treatment within 14 days of exposure,” reads a health department statement.

Those who consumed food between April 20 and April 26 are asked to monitor themselves for symptoms. The post exposure vaccine would not be effective for patrons who were exposed prior to April 27, according to the health department.

The Hepatitis A vaccine is effective if given within two weeks of exposure, a release continues.

To get a vaccination, contact a health care provider or contact the Oneida County Health Department at 315-798-5747 and press 1 to make an appointment.

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