Kentucky candy manufacturer reports hepatitis A case

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LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - A Kentucky candy manufacturer has announced one of its employees has a case of hepatitis A.

The employee working at Bauer's Candies in Lawrenceburg was diagnosed Nov. 27. The FDA is investigating the case.

People who purchased candy while the employee worked there are at a very low risk of becoming infected. The health department didn't advise for consumers to throw out any of the company's product.

"Bauer's Candies has cooperated fully with this investigation and will continue to do so moving forward," the company said in a statement. It also confirmed it mandated for all employees to be vaccinated in October.

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

Health experts say 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.

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