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Bronx Eatery Patrons Offered Free Hepatitis A Vaccines

Sep 26, 2013

New York health officials are urging people who ate at one Bronx restaurant to get vaccinated after it was revealed that one employee who worked there was infected with hepatitis A.

This means that people who ate at this restaurant are at risk of being infected with hepatitis A. According to an NBC New York report, the restaurant in question is New Hawaii Sea, a Chinese/Japanese eatery often busy with patrons.

New York is offering free vaccinations to anyone who has eaten there recently, which, according to city officials, means sometime between Sept. 7 and Sept. 19. This past weekend, many who apparently did visit the eatery within that time span were lined up for vaccinations outside a local high school.

Officials say that people who may have been exposed to hepatitis A can prevent an infection if they get vaccinated within two weeks of their exposure. It takes about a month for symptoms of hepatitis A to start showing. People who’ve been infected can expect to be fatigued and experience abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea. Infections can also cause jaundice, according to the NBC News report.

New Hawaii Sea has shut its doors and won’t open them again until all its employees are vaccinated. Regular customers arrived there recently to find the place closed. When they learned the reason why, many expressed concern to NBC News about exposure to the virus.

The restaurant had recently been renovated and given a B grade for its sanitary conditions. Prior, it had been cited for “critical contamination” issues.

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