You might have heard about a recent outbreak of Hepatitis A in Southern California, but the good news is, this case isn’t yet linked to the others.
According to the Sacramento Bee, an employee of MacKenzie’s Sports Bar and Grille at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex is believed to have handled food at the restaurant while infected with Hepatitis A. The virus can be spread through contact with fecal matter from an infected person (think unwashed hands) via food and drink.
The case is still under investigation, but if you ate or drank at MacKenzie’s Sports Bar and Grille from Sept. 12 to Sept. 22, you are urged by the Sacramento County public health officer to get a vaccination.
Hepatitis A affects the liver and symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dark urine and jaundice. Not everyone exhibits symptoms and the incubation period of the virus is 15 to 50 days, which means even if you aren’t experiencing the symptoms above, you could still be contagious.