Vaccine offered for hep A risk at Lake Diefenbaker hotel

The Five Hills Region and Cypress Health Region are offering hepatitis A vaccinations for anyone who ate or stayed at the Mainstay Inn at Lake Diefenbaker near Riverhurst, Sask between June 1-22.

People may have been exposed to hepatitis A at the Mainstay Inn and Restaurant between June 1-22

People who went to the Mainstay Inn and Restaurant near Riverhurst, Sask.,during the first three weeks of June may have been exposed to hepatitis A.

The Five Hills Health Region and Cypress Health Region has issued a public warning, saying a worker in the hotel and restaurant between June 1 and June 22 was infected with the liver virus. The health region said there is a risk that people who ate or stayed at the hotel during that time may also be infected.

There is no specific treatment for hepatitis A, but health regions are offering a vaccine for people who may be at risk. It was estimated that the number could be about 1,000 people. Those exposed are asked to call 1-888-425-1111 and leave a message including information about how a health professional can contact you, your name and birthdate, and when you visited the Mainstay Inn.

Risk low for 'serious infection'

Health officers say people are at a low risk of contracting the virus, but warn that it can be serious. People who have had hepatitis A before or who have been vaccinated for it before are not at risk. The Health Regions' joint warning says people who have the virus may take a full month before they develop symptoms, and they can pass the virus to others from up to 2 weeks before they show symptoms, to one week after symptoms appear.

Symptoms include:

  • Fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, nausea.
  • Jaundice.
  • Dark-coloured urine and lighter-coloured stools.

The health regions also warn that young children may not exhibit any symptoms at all. 

Hotel clears inspection

The health regions inspected the Mainstay Inn Saturday and said there is no longer any risk of infection.

The Mainstay Inn is located on Lake Diefenbaker in Palliser Regional Park, near Riverhurst Sask., about 200 km west of Regina.