Yet another eastern Kentucky food worker diagnosed with hepatitis A

Published: May. 8, 2018 at 6:09 PM EDT
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Another restaurant employee has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department.

The case was diagnosed Tuesday.

Health officials say an employee who handled food at the Dairy Queen on 13th Street in Ashland was diagnosed.

"The investigation found that the risk of restaurant patrons becoming infected is very low," health officials stated in a press release. "Dairy Queen is working with the health department to prevent any new cases from arising in the community as a result of this case."

Dairy Queen released the following statement:

"We have received notification that one of our employees fell ill and tested positive with the Hepatitis A virus. With the health and safety of our customers and employees being paramount, the store was immediately sanitized and disinfected, in accordance with health department regulations. In addition, we have also put additional procedures in place to ensure employees are adhering to strict health and sanitation policies. Store ownership and management will continue to work closely with Ashland-Boyd County Health Department officials.

Employees have received a Hepatitis A vaccination or will be receiving the Hepatitis A vaccination before returning to work.

Please know that the health and safety of our customers and employees is a top priority."

This makes the fifth food worker in Boyd County diagnosed with the disease this year during this multistate outbreak.