Hepatitis A at Olive Garden

Posted on August 9, 2011 by


Olive GardenBen Chapman

According to WECT, line-ups for post-exposure hepatatis A vaccine and IgG shots are expected at a Fayetteville, NC, Olive Garden after a foodhandler who worked in late July and early August tested positive for the virus.

Authorities in Cumberland County are warning of a possible Hepatitis A exposure at the Olive Garden at 234 North McPherson Church Road in Fayetteville, anytime on July 25, 26, 28, 29, 31 and August 1, 2 and 8 for those who worked or visited there. The exposure came from a restaurant employee.

Cumberland County is offering immunizations at the Public Health Department on Ramsey Street starting today at 9 a.m. and will last until further notice daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If I was running a food business, hep A would scare me the most. It often turns out like this: no illnesses linked to the food handler (and maybe the individual is the best handwasher out there) but there will still be hundreds of people lining up — resulting in pretty bad PR. Worst part is that folks can work for a couple of weeks, handling hundreds of meals, shedding the virus without even knowing that they are infected.

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