Possible Hepatitis A Exposure In Charlotte And Beyond
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) — On Tuesday, The Mecklenburg County Health Department and Public Health Authority of Cabarrus County (Cabarrus Health Alliance) released a report about the possibility of Hepatitis A exposure at two nearby restaurants.
The possible exposure took place earlier this month at the Hooters restaurant located on Bruton Smith Blvd in Concord, N.C., on or around Feb. 7 or 8, 2013. The hours of possible exposure were between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Additionally, another incidence of exposure may have happened at the Whiskey Warehouse, located at The Plaza in Charlotte, on Feb. 6, 2013 and Feb 9, 2013, between the hours of 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. and 3:30 a.m., in addition to Feb. 13, 2013, between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Hepatitis A is a virus that leads to liver disease. Anyone who visited either restaurant is urged to get a Hepatitis A vaccine. If the vaccine is administered within 14 days of exposure, it is highly effective in reducing the risk of a person developing the disease.
Hepatitis A exposure is rare, and both Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties were unprepared for the possibility of a high incidence of exposure. Both counties had to receive shipments of the vaccine from the state health department.
The vaccine is being offered at The Mecklenburg County Health Department at 249 Billingsley Road, and the Cabarrus Health Alliance will offer the vaccine at 300 Mooresville Road in Concord. For more information, please click here.
-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte