CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Hundreds of Mecklenburg County residents have been vaccinated against hepatitis A after it was discovered that an employee of a west Charlotte restaurant was infected, and could have exposed more than 4,000 people to the virus.
NC Public Health officials say less than a day after it was confirmed that an employee of the Hardee's at 2504 Little Rock Rd. had hepatitis A, 1,078 adults and children received vaccinations Wednesday.
Officials say anyone who ate at the restaurant at between June 13 and 23 should get vaccinated as soon as possible. According to the CDC, the vaccine must be given within 14 days of exposure for the vaccine to be effective
Other clinics will be held:
- Thursday, June 28 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at Northwest Health Department, 2845 Beatties Ford Rd. and Southeast Health Department, 249 Billingsley Rd., Charlotte
- Friday, June 29 from 3 p.m. – 8p.m. at the Hal Marshall Building, 700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
- Saturday, June 30 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.at the Hal Marshall Building, 700 N. Tryon St, Charlotte.
- Sunday, July 1 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Hal Marshall Building, 700 N. Tryon St, Charlotte.
Public Health Director Gibbie Harris announced on Tuesday that the outbreak, first identified on June 6, led to five additional cases, one of which was the Hardee's employee.
Officials say it doesn't appear that the additional cases originated from the restaurant, but from the affected employee who went into work and handled food.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease spread from person to person. The symptoms, which include nausea, fever, yellowing of the eyes and skin, dark urine, grey feces, joint pain, feeling tired, loss of appetite and stomach pain, can last from weeks to months.
Health officials say the best way to stay safe is to get vaccinated, and continue to encourage anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to attend a vaccination clinic.
Health Department hotline number: 980-314-9400