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800 Degrees Three Fires Restaurant Linked to Hepatitis A Scare

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health urges anyone who ate or drank food from the 800 Degrees Three Fires restaurant on Illinois Road between May 18 and May 26, and who has not already been vaccinated for hepatitis A, to get the vaccination.  The department said it received laboratory confirmation Friday of the positive hepatitis A case in one food worker at the restaurant, located at 5125 Illinois Road, near Interstate 69.

The vaccine will be provided at the Southwest Allen County Schools Transportation Center, 4814 Homestead Road, at the following times:

  • Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, the health officials said.

Symptoms of hepatitis A can include fatigue, fever, dark urine, loss of appetite, nausea and jaundice. Health officials said anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.  Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus, attacking the liver. Once infected, a person is capable of passing the virus for about two weeks before becoming ill until 10 days after symptoms begin. There is no specific treatment once symptoms appear, but a vaccination can help lessen the effects of the disease if given within 14 days of exposure.