The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) is investigating a cluster of hepatitis A infections on Oahu. HDOH staff are conducting interviews with the cases in an effort to identify the source of infection.
Identifying the source of infection continues to be a challenge because of the long incubation period of the disease and the difficulty patients have in accurately recalling the foods consumed and locations visited during the period when infection could have taken place.
Healthcare providers have been informed and are asked to notify HDOH immediately if they have a patient they suspect may be infected.
Individuals who are interested in being vaccinated should contact their healthcare providers.
HDOH has identified 19 new cases of hepatitis A. All cases have been in adults, 29 have required hospitalization.
All of the cases were on Oahu during their exposure period. Four individuals now live on the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui, and one visitor has returned to the mainland.
CONFIRMED CASES OF HEPATITIS A: 93
Places of Interest
An employee of the following food service business(es) has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. This list does not indicate these businesses are sources of this outbreak; at this time, no infections have been linked to exposure to these businesses. The likelihood that patrons of these businesses will become infected is very low. However, persons who have consumed food or drink products from these businesses during the identified dates of service should contact their healthcare provider for advice and possible preventive care.
|Business||Island||Location||Dates of Service|
|Baskin-Robbins||Oahu||Waikele Center||June 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 27, 30, and July 1 and 3, 2016|
|Chili’s||Oahu||Kapolei (590 Farrington Highway)||July 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, and 27, 2016|
|Costco Bakery||Oahu||Hawaii Kai||June 16-20, 2016|
|Hawaiian Airlines||Flight list (click here)||July 1-26, 2016|
|Sushi Shiono||Hawaii||Waikoloa Beach Resort, Queen’s MarketPlace (69-201 Waikoloa Beach Drive)||July 5-8, 11-15, and 18-21, 2016|
|Taco Bell||Oahu||Waipio (94-790 Ukee Street)||June 16, 17, 20, 21, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, and July 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 11, 2016|
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