A restaurant in Oakland County has recently become famous, sadly not for its five quality stars. A case of hepatitis A has been reported with one of the workers at the restaurant, and the diagnosis was confirmed by the Oakland County Health Division.
The restaurant in Oakland County is called Social Kitchen & Bar, and one of their female workers has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. Leslie Pardo, the vice president of the restaurant’s agency of record, said in a statement that their employee was diagnosed with the disease on August 6, and that their immediate response was to let know the Health Department of the situation. Two days later, officials from the Department came to investigate the restaurant and found out that there were no reasons to worry about further infections or the health of their workers and customers.
So, the good news is that no one else is sick. Nevertheless, authorities advise the clients who ate at the restaurant between July 16 and August 6 to run a series of analyses at the doctor’s, in order to make sure they are safe and sound.
Doctors provide us with information on how the disease manifests itself: abdominal pain, fever, yellowish skin, dark urine. So far, none of the customers have reported the symptoms. The disease takes from two weeks to a month and a half to manifest, and it can also affect the patient for months.
Authorities have given permission to the restaurant to function, as there were no other impediments for the owners not to run their business. The women who contracted hepatitis A is still expected to come back to work after her recovery. Her identity was not revealed to the press.
Hepatitis A is a disease which affects our liver. The rate of survival with patients is high, even if the form of the illness is a severe one. There is a vaccine against hepatitis A, which turned out to be very effective. What’s more, even if patients don’t have the vaccine before exposure, it can still work, if administrated within fourteen days after the virus was contracted. Besides, there are also some measures that anyone can take in order to prevent the spreading of the virus, such as always washing your hands or making sure the food is properly cooked.
All in all, the facts seem to indicate that the residents of Oakland County have nothing to worry about.
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