'Small' hepatitis A risk for public after Saskatoon-area café worker handled food

Officials have confirmed that an employee of the Apple Crate Café at the Glen at Crossmount in Saskatoon contracted the disease while travelling.

Anyone who ate at Apple Crate café Dec. 28-30 or Jan. 13 may have been exposed

The virus is transmitted through contaminated food and water. It can be passed by someone infected with the virus who doesn’t wash his/her hands and then touches something you eat. (Trevor Bothorel/CBC)

Health authorities are advising the public of a small risk of hepatitis A exposure from a food handler who worked while infectious at a Saskatoon-area restaurant.

Officials have confirmed that the employee of the Apple Crate Café at The Glen at Crossmount contracted the disease while travelling.

They say any patron who visited the café and ate food between Dec. 28 and Dec. 30, 2017, or on Jan. 13, 2018, may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is asking anyone who dined at the café on any of those dates and who has not already been contacted to call the public health disease control office in Saskatoon.

Hepatitis A is a liver disease that is transmitted through contaminated food and water and can be serious.

It can result in a loss of appetite, mild flu-like symptoms, severe abdominal pain and diarrhea, nausea, tiredness, fever and jaundice.

The Glen at Crossmount is an agricultural tourism destination with more than 3,000 apple trees, a natural pond, landscaped gardens and rolling hills.