State confirms new hepatitis A case in Harbor Restaurant employee

The state Department of Health confirmed Tuesday an additional case of hepatitis A in an Oahu food service worker.

The infected case is an employee at Harbor Restaurant at Pier 38, located at 1133 North Nimitz Highway.

Affected dates of service are Aug. 26 through Sept. 12.

“Because of the long incubation period for hepatitis A, we are continuing to see new cases of this illness even after identifying and removing contaminated scallops from Hawaii restaurants, and individuals exposed in July and August may become ill as late as September or October,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park.

“We want the public to understand that this does not represent a new outbreak, nor is this restaurant considered a source of the ongoing outbreak,” she said.

DOH is providing this information to the public as a precaution in an attempt to prevent any new cases. The likelihood that patrons of this business will become infected is very low.

To date, DOH has confirmed a total of 252 cases of hepatitis A as part of this outbreak investigation.

Vaccination provides the best protection from hepatitis A, so any person who consumed food or beverage products prepared or served at this business during the identified periods may want to contact their healthcare providers about receiving a vaccine or immune globulin (IG). This may provide some protection against the disease if administered within two weeks after exposure. A statewide list of vaccinating pharmacies is available here or by calling the Aloha United Way information and referral line at 2-1-1.

Help prevent the spread of hepatitis A by washing your hands often and thoroughly, especially after using the bathroom and before preparing food. For more information on proper handwashing, click here.

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