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October 23, 2008
Hepatitis A case identified in restaurant employee
  
Toronto Public Health has identified a case of Hepatitis A in a food handler at Sushi Haru located at 635 College Street at Grace Street in Toronto. Anyone who consumed food from this restaurant on the following dates may have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus: September 30; October 1 to 3; or October 6 to 10.

While the risk of getting the infection is low, people who ate at the restaurant on any of these dates should watch for signs of illness. Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, tiredness, nausea/vomiting, dark urine and yellowing of the skin (jaundice). Symptoms can develop up to eight weeks after exposure to contaminated food.

Aside from watching for symptoms, Toronto Public Health is recommending the following actions.

If you ate at Sushi Haru on October 9, you may still benefit from receiving a vaccination to prevent Hepatitis A infection. The vaccine is effective for up to 14 days after coming into contact with the virus. Today is the last day that the vaccine would be effective. Call your doctor to get the vaccine, or go to a walk-in clinic.

If you ate at Sushi Haru on October 10, you can still get vaccinated either today (by your own doctor or at a walk-in clinic), or tomorrow at the latest (October 24), at a special Toronto Public Health clinic. The clinic will be located at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau School at 65 Grace Street (south west corner of College and Grace Street.) The clinic will operate from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, October 24.

Please note: the Toronto Public Health clinic tomorrow (October 24) is only for those individuals who ate at the restaurant on October 10. By tomorrow, the 14 day period will be over, and the vaccine will no longer be effective for anyone who came into contact with the virus at this restaurant.

Toronto Public Health staff will be available by phone at 416-338-7600 today until 8 p.m., tomorrow (Friday) from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver caused by a virus, and can be spread from person to person. If someone with Hepatitis A infection handles food without properly washing their hands after using the toilet, the infection can be spread to others who eat food contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis A is not spread by coughing or sneezing. Most people who are infected recover completely with no permanent liver damage.

A Fact Sheet on Hepatitis A is available at http://www.toronto.ca/health.

Media contact:
Rishma Govani, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974, rgovani@toronto.ca


 

 

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