Second case of hepatitis A reported at eastern Kentucky restaurant in less than a month

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ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) - Another case of hepatitis A has been reported in a food preparation worker at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant, the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department reports.

The worker was diagnosed Monday. Another case involving a food service worker at Texas Roadhouse was diagnosed last month.

According to a news release from the health department, "the investigation found that the risk of restaurant patrons becoming infected is very low and no association with transmission can be confirmed by a connection to Texas Roadhouse."

Hepatitis A is primarily spread among IV drug users, but can also be transmitted by improper hygiene. Health officials say hand washing is the best way to avoid transmitting the disease.

Texas Roadhouse released the following statement:

"Texas Roadhouse is committed to the health and safety of our employees and guests and working closely with the Health Department. We have superior safety measures in place and increased those once the Health Department announced the state and Ashland Hepatitis A outbreak. This included checking with staff at the beginning of each shift to ensure no employees are working ill, which is how we discovered this employee may be ill. All 210 employees were vaccinated but this employee must have been exposed somewhere in the community at least two weeks before receiving the vaccine. This employee and all food handlers wear gloves. We are also using a cleaner throughout the restaurant that kills the virus should it be present. We have tested more than 275 guests and all were negative."

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