CEDAR CITY – The Southwest Utah Public Health Department announced Tuesday it has received confirmation that a food handler working at an Iron County restaurant has tested positive for hepatitis A.
Customers who ate at the Pizza Cart, 1190 S. Sage Drive in Cedar City, between April 29 and June 1 may have been exposed to hepatitis A, according to a press release from the health department.
Anyone who has been previously vaccinated for hepatitis A is protected from infection, the press release said.
Customers who ate at the restaurant between May 19 and June 1 who have not been vaccinated should be treated with the hepatitis A vaccine, as well as immunoglobulin, depending on the age of the individual.
Customers who ate at the Pizza Cart between April 29 and June 1 should contact their doctor or health care provider if they develop symptoms of hepatitis A, the statement said. Symptoms include:
- Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
Treatment is available at the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, 260 East DL Sargent Drive in Cedar City. No appointment is needed, according to the statement, but 30 minutes should be allowed for the visit.
A post on the Pizza Cart’s Facebook page Tuesday read:
It has been brought to our attention that one of our employees has tested positive for Hepatitis A. How or where they contracted the virus is unknown. However, this employee is recovering and will not be returning to work until medically cleared. It should also be noted that the employee was not symptomatic while working for us, but unfortunately Hepatitis A can be spread before the onset of symptoms. For this reason, we have been working closely with the Southwest Health Department to prevent any further spreading of the virus.
There have been no other confirmed cases of hepatitis A related to the Pizza Cart, the health department press release said. The restaurant remains open for business.
“This location has a record of very good restaurant inspection scores,” the press release said, “and management is cooperating fully with the investigation.”
The Southwest Utah Public Health Department’s hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, 1-5:30 p.m.; and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Individuals seeking treatment should bring their immunization records, a photo ID and insurance card. Without insurance, the cost for hepatitis A treatment is $75 for those age 19 and older and $50 for those 18 and younger.
Ed. note: Photo of restaurant substituted at top of story; submitted by the Pizza Cart.
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