FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2016
(INDIANAPOLIS) – Two restaurants in Marion County are no longer serving strawberries that are part of an investigation into a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A, announced by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), which has been linked to frozen strawberries imported from Egypt.
El Rey Del Taco, 3935 N. High School Rd, and Don Marcos Restaurant, 4779 N. Post Rd., had used the strawberries for food products until they were notified of the recall. Both restaurants have cooperated fully with the Marion County Public Health Department.
The Marion County Public Health Department is establishing a hotline to answer questions and concerns from anyone who is not sure if they are at-risk for possible hepatitis A exposure from the strawberries at these two restaurants. The number to call is 317-221-5503 beginning Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
In line with guidance from ISDH, individuals who may have been exposed to hepatitis A within the last two weeks can receive either a vaccine or immunoglobulin, depending on their age, to help prevent infection. They should contact their health care provider or the Marion County Public Health Department.
Those whose potential exposure occurred prior to Nov. 1, should contact their healthcare provider to determine whether testing for hepatitis A is appropriate, especially if symptoms develop.
Signs and symptoms include:
Not everyone infected by the virus will exhibit all of these symptoms. Some people, especially children, may have no symptoms at all. However, all infected persons can transmit the disease to others.
On average, fewer than five cases of Hepatitis A are reported to the Marion County Public Health Department each year. The number of cases remains relatively low due to the widespread use of a safe and effective vaccine.
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