The Sudbury and District Health Unit is warning of hepatitis A at a restaurant on Kingsway Boulevard.
Dr. Penny Sutcliffe says anyone who ate at Casey's Bar and Grill between Jan. 1 and Jan. 20 may have been exposed.
For those who dined there between Jan. 15 and Jan. 20, the health unit is setting up free assessment and vaccination clinics, as the vaccine is only effective if taken within 14 days of exposure.
Sutcliffe said the virus mimics the flu but people usually recover.
“The other thing with Hepatitis A is that it's actually a more serious disease the older people get,” Sutcliffe said.
“What we tend to see are more serious symptoms and they can be quite severe.”
Symptoms include jaundice, stomach pain, tiredness, and nausea.
Sutcliffe said a food handler was diagnosed with the virus leading to the warnings. The virus is passed through fecal matter to the mouth, so washing hands is important to prevent its spread.
A statement from Casey's Sudbury Thursday night noted that they voluntarily closed the restaurant yesterday.
They plan to reopen Friday after an intense, third-party sanitization of all kitchen equipment and the entire restaurant facility.
A vaccination clinic for employees was held Thursday.
Casey’s Sudbury Media Statement:
"One of Casey’s Sudbury employees has informed us that she has contracted hepatitis A and will be on sick leave until she is fully recovered. We are taking this very seriously and are working closely with the Sudbury & District Health Unit to ensure everyone’s well-being.
Although the Health Unit inspector says the risk of further infection is low, they have issued a Public Health Advisory advising that Guests who visited Casey’s Sudbury from January 1 – 20, 2015 may have been exposed to hepatitis A. The Health Unit specifically recommends that Guests who visited Casey’s Sudbury from January 15 – 20, 2015 attend a Public Health clinic for an assessment and vaccination. Information on these clinics can be found at www.sdhu.com. We urge all of our Guests who visited us on these dates to attend one of these clinics or get an assessment from a healthcare provider.
The health and safety of our Employees and Guests is our top priority. Although The Health Unit said it wasn’t necessary, Casey’s Sudbury voluntarily closed the restaurant on January 29, 2015 and will re-open on January 30, 2015 after an intense, third-party sanitization of all kitchen equipment and the entire restaurant facility. In addition, we have coordinated with Public Health nurses who held a vaccination clinic for employees on January 29, 2015.
At Casey’s, we hold all our restaurants to a high standard for health and food safety. This incident is isolated to this location and the dates specified."