Bloomington Buffalo Wild Wings employee diagnosed with hepatitis A

Customers who ate at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Bloomington earlier this month are urged to get a hepatitis A immunization.
Hepatitis A exposure at Bloomington restaurant
Retaurant worker diagnosed with hepatitis A

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WTHR) - The Monroe County Health Department says anyone who ate at a Bloomington Buffalo Wild Wings between January 2-6 should consider receiving a Hepatitis A vaccination.

The health department diagnosed a case of Hepatitis A in an employee who handled food at Buffalo Wild Wings located at 1350 W. Bloomfield Road in Bloomington.

The health department says while it is relatively rare for restaurant patrons to become infected with Hepatitis A due to an infected food handler, anyone who consumed food or drinks at Buffalo Wild Wings in Bloomington between January 2-6 of this year is recommended to receive a Hepatitis A vaccination soon as further protection from becoming ill.

"I don't really think it was that big of a deal. I ate here on the 4th, that's the time the guy was working here and I came back for more, as you can see," said customer Blayne Campbell.

Buffalo Wild Wings sent a statement to Eyewitness News:

"We take food safety very seriously and immediately contacted the Monroe County Health Department. The restaurant was closed yesterday afternoon and we instituted a deep cleaning process of the entire restaurant. The restaurant is now open after receiving a clean bill of health from the health department inspector."

Vaccination clinics are scheduled at the Monroe County Public Health Clinic, 333 E. Miller Drive, Bloomington, for those with potential exposure to hepatitis A during the specified dates. Vaccine must be administered within two weeks after the last day of exposure.

Staff at the restaurant can receive vaccinations on Friday, January 11 and should call 812-353-3244 for an appointment.

Others can receive vaccinations January 14-16 at the health clinic, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on January 14, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on January 15 and 8:15-11:15 a.m. on January 16.

Anyone who consumed food and/or drink at the restaurant from January 2-6 is also asked to monitor their health for symptoms of hepatitis A infection up to 50 days after exposure and frequently and thoroughly wash their hands with soap and warm water, especially after using the restroom and before preparing food. If symptoms of hepatitis A develop, stay at home and contact your healthcare provider immediately.

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