3 Lexington-area restaurants report employee with hepatitis A

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is announcing three new restaurants where a worker had hepatitis A.

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The restaurants are the Hardee's at 2990 Richmond Road (Nov. 23-26), Waffle House at 2347 Buena Vista (Nov. 11-19) and the Waffle House at 4 Carol Road in Winchester (Nov. 20).

Customers who ate at these restaurants during the listed dates are asked to get a hepatitis A vaccination.

The chances of a customer contracting hepatitis A from an infected worker are low.

The health department says symptoms of hepatitis A are fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools and jaundice. People can become ill 15-50 days after being exposed to the virus. Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention.

The best practices to avoid getting hepatitis A is to get vaccinated and exercise proper handwashing practices.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and the Clark County Health Department are working with employees at the affected restaurants to provide employees vaccinations. Employees who have hepatitis A are not allowed to return until cleared.

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