FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Fort Wayne health officials said an employee at the 800 Degrees Three Fires restaurant on Illinois Road tested positive for Hepatitis A.
According to officials, if you have eaten or drank anything at the restaurant between the dates of May 18 and May 26, you may be at risk.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that attacks the liver, causing fever, nausea, abdominal pain and jaundice. Officials say the virus is spread through exposure to the fecal matter of an infected person, either through close person-to-person contact or contaminated food or water.
Health officials said there is no specific treatment once symptoms of the virus appear, but a vaccination can help lessen the effects of the disease if it is given within 14 days of exposure.
A free Hepatitis A vaccine will be provided at the Southwest Allen County Schools Transportation Center, located at 4814 Homestead Road, during the following times:
- Saturday, June 1 from noon to 8 p.m.
- Sunday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - THESE ARE UPDATED TIMES
The clinic will be set up as a drive-thru so people will receive the vaccine while they are inside of their vehicles. If weather becomes an issue, the clinic may be moved indoors, according to officials.
Health officials ask that anyone coming to get the vaccination wear short sleeves so that the vaccination can be easily administered. They also said there could be a short wait at times.
Children under age 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
"We are asking these restaurant patrons to get this vaccination as a precautionary measure," said Allen County Health Commissioner Deborah McMahan, MD. "Those who are having symptoms of the illness should not come to the vaccination clinic but should seek medical attention."
The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health has established an information line to provide answers to any questions people may have about the hepatitis A vaccination clinics. The phone line will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. At other times callers may hear a prerecorded message. The number is: (260) 449-4499.
Officials said once a person who is infected with Hepatitis A, it may take up to 10 days for symptoms to show up. Severe complications are rare and occur more often in persons who have liver disease or a weakened immune system.
According to health officials, none of the other employees at 800 Degrees Three Fires had Hepatitis A symptoms, and as of Friday afternoon, no other cases have been identified.
Managers at the restaurant said they are working with both local and state health officials. They also said the restaurant is still open for business.
"Hopefully, we'll get through this, and there won't be any negative impact long term on our business," said Robert VanBuskirk, the co-owner of 800 Degrees Three Fires.
For more information, visit www.allencountyhealth.com .
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