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Maricopa County Department Of Public Health Officials Informs About Hepatitis Exposure Incident At Restaurant

Maricopa County Department Of Public Health

Recently, if you have visited a restaurant at Tempe Marketplace, Arizona then you must know the important news announced by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health revealed health-related news on Monday, 1st July saying if you ate at the Genghis Grill restaurant located at Tempe Marketplace, then you might be infected by hepatitis A.

If you visited Genghis Grill restaurant on the dates mentioned below and experiencing few symptoms then you probably need to consult your doctor immediately, department strictly recommends it,

  • 30th  May, Thursday
  • 1st June,  Saturday
  • 5th June, Wednesday
  • 6th June, Thursday
  • 7th June, Friday
  • 8th June, Saturday
  • 13th June, Thursday
  • 14th June, Friday
  • 15th June, Saturday
  • 18th June, Tuesday

As per the statement, Hepatitis A exposure incidence was discovered at the restaurant ‘Genghis Grill’ on the above-mentioned dates.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A

The symptoms of hepatitis A are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dark-colored urine, loss of appetite, jaundice (yellow color skin or eyes), and light or whitish colored bowel movements.

The person infected by the virus notices the symptoms after 30 days. However, the symptoms can appear from 15 to 50 days after being infected by the virus, Maricopa County Public Health mentioned.

Department officials announced on Monday that customers, who consumed the food in the restaurant on June 18, 2019, are within two- week window and a vaccine can protect them from infection. For instance, if a person was exposed to the hepatitis A virus on Tuesday, 18th June, he/she can take the vaccine by July 2, Tuesday.

The department officials are requesting people who did not get vaccinated before to reach out to their healthcare service provider or visit any of the pharmacies and buy the vaccine.

The county vaccination clinic is for people who don’t have insurance. They can visit it and inform them that they ate at the restaurant ‘Genghis Grill’ in Tempe Marketplace, on June 18th, 2019.

Department officials further informed people who did not eat at the Genghis Grill restaurant on the above days are safe and need not worry as they were not exposed to hepatitis A and neither visit the doctor or take medicine.

About Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a virus that damages the liver of an infected person.

Maricopa County Public Health stated,

“It is spread by eating food, drinking water or touching surfaces that have been contaminated with stool from an infected person, such as someone not properly washing their hands.”

Officials say, the only restaurant in Tempe Marketplace exposed to the virus is Genghis Grill and is working with the Maricopa County Public Health Department to find the origin of the infection.

People who inject an illicit drug or only drugs without consulting doctors, homeless people or people having an unstable house, and those people who have recently been freed from jail are at greater risk of getting infected. If these people have not been vaccinated, then they are recommended to find and visit a clinic.

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