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2nd Worker at Ashland Texas Roadhouse Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

ASHLAND, KY (WOWK) - A second worker at the Texas Roadhouse in Ashland, Kentucky has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

The Ashland-Boyd County Health Department say they investigated the case on May 1st, 2018.

The employee handled food at Texas Roadhouse lin Ashland, Boyd County, KY.

The investigation found that the risk of restaurant patrons becoming infected is very low and no association with transmission can be confirmed by a connection to Texas Roadhouse.

Texas Roadhouse is working with the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department to prevent any new cases from arising in the community as a result of this case.

The first worker was diagnosed on April 13th, 2018.

Due to the ongoing outbreak of Hepatitis A, the Kentucky Department for Public Health within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is recommending vaccination for everyone residing Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter, and Boyd counties.

The CDC recommends hepatitis A vaccination for the following groups:

  • All children at age 1 year
  • Travelers to countries that have high rates of hepatitis A
  • Family members and caregivers of recent adoptees from countries where hepatitis A is common
  • Men who have sexual contact with other men
  • People who use injection and non-injection illegal drugs
  • People with chronic (lifelong) liver diseases, such as hepatitis B or hepatitis C
  • People who are treated with clotting-factor concentrates
  • People who work with hepatitis A infected animals or in a hepatitis A research laboratory.

For additional information on the larger outbreak occurring in Kentucky, please visit http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/hepatitis.htm


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