May 30, 2023 8:14 am

Overall health officials in Snohomish County, WA, are warning men and women who ate at two Taco Bell areas to monitor themselves for indicators of hepatitis A infections and get vaccinated if they are not currently.

“People who ate meals from the Taco Bell at 2727 Broadway on May perhaps 22-23 or the Taco Inform at 303 91st Avenue NE in Lake Stevens on May perhaps 23 really should speak to their healthcare provider or public overall health,” according to the warning from the Snohomish County Overall health Division.

An employee who worked at each areas has tested good for hepatitis A. The confirmed case seems to have been infected in the course of international travel. The Snohomish County Overall health Division is functioning with the business enterprise to recognize other workers who had been potentially exposed and connect them with prevention data as properly as sources for vaccination and post-exposure prophylaxis, as required.

For two weeks following exposure a vaccination is productive from maintaining the liver virus from building. As a result it is essential for any person who ate at the restaurants on the exposure dates to verify their vaccination records. 

The ealth division notice says that men and women who are not vaccinated, immune, or are unsure of their status really should speak to their healthcare provider or speak to the Snohomish County Overall health Division at 425-339-3503 (then press 1) for guidance and possible post-exposure prophylaxis to avert illness. 

Post-exposure prophylaxis requires getting the hep A vaccine or immune globulin (IG), which can offer quick and lasting protection when offered inside two weeks of exposure to the hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A vaccine is offered from several healthcare providers or pharmacies in the county. Everyone who was exposed and is possessing problems discovering a vaccine provider, or who is uninsured or underinsured, really should speak to the Overall health Division. 

Individuals who had been exposed really should monitor themselves for any symptoms of illness. Keep property and do not prepare or serve meals for other folks if you have symptoms. It requires in between 15 and 50 days to turn into symptomatic following becoming exposed. Early indicators of hepatitis A incorporate:

  • fever
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • dark urine and jaundice (yellowing of eyes or skin)
  • If you create any of these symptoms, be particularly thorough in handwashing following utilizing the restroom and just before preparing or handling meals to prevent potentially spreading the illness additional. Wash hands with soap and operating water. Be confident to lather and scrub all surfaces such as backs of the hands, wrists, in between fingers, and beneath fingernails. 

About hepatitis A
The hepatitis A virus lives in the fecesa or blood of somebody who is infected and commonly spreads by way of fecal contamination. The virus may well be spread from particular person to particular person by way of close speak to or by way of meals handling. Constant, thorough handwashing is critical to avert spread by way of meals handling. 

The illness varies in severity, with mild circumstances lasting two weeks or significantly less. Far more extreme circumstances can final six weeks or longer. Some men and women, particularly young children, may well not create jaundice and may well have an illness so mild that it can go unnoticed. Nonetheless, even mildly ill men and women can nonetheless be very infectious. Everyone with symptoms of hepatitis A and possible exposure who is not vaccinated or immune really should seek advice from a healthcare provider proper away even if symptoms are mild.