On Monday, July 1, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health announced that diners who ate at the Genghis Grill restaurant at the Tempe Marketplace in the last few weeks may have been exposed to Hepatitis A.
In a news release, the Department stated “Although the risk of transmission to restaurant patrons is thought to be low, some restaurant patrons…may have been exposed…”
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health has identified ten days where patrons may have been exposed:
Thursday, May 30
Saturday, June 1
Wednesday, June 5
Thursday, June 6
Friday, June 7
Saturday, June 8
Thursday, June 13
Friday, June 14
Saturday, June 15
Tuesday, June 18
Patrons who did not eat at the Genghis Grill at the Tempe Marketplace during these days were not exposed according to the news release.
What to do if you ate at the restaurant on one of the days listed
If you did eat at the restaurant during one of the 10 days identified, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health has stated that anyone who has experienced or is experiencing symptoms of Hepatitis A should see their doctor.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A
Symptoms of Hepatitis A include “nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, vomiting, fatigue, fever abdominal pain, dark-colored urine, light or whitish colored bowel movements, and jaundice (a yellow color to the skin and/or eyes)” according to the county’s health department.
Symptoms can take anywhere from 15 days to almost two moths to appear after initial exposure, but generally show within one month.
What is Hepatitis A and How is it spread?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver infection that causes the liver to become inflamed. Hepatitis A is typically spread through consuming food or drink that is contaminated with small and undetectable amounts of fecal material. Hepatitis A does not result in chronic infection unlike Hepatitis B.
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