The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will again have its facilities open in Greenville and Spartanburg from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, to provide post-exposure treatment to individuals who might have been exposed to Hepatitis A at two Hardee’s restaurants in Spartanburg County. The restaurants are located at 12209 Greenville Hwy. in Lyman, SC, and 1397 E. Main St. in Duncan, SC.
Customers and staff who consumed food or drink at either of these two restaurants between Aug. 31 and Sep. 15, 2015, and Sept. 1 and Sept. 13, 2015, respectively, could have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus.
Hardee’s restaurant Duncan SC“Our primary concern is protecting the health and safety of the community,” said Dr. Anna-Kathryn Rye, M.D. and medical consultant in DHEC’s Bureau of Disease Control. “If you did not eat at these restaurants during these dates, you are not at risk and do not need to receive post-exposure treatment. However, if you did eat at these restaurants during these dates you might be at risk of exposure.”
Rye recommended that customers and staff who as of today ate at the Lyman-area restaurant between Sept. 6 and Sept. 15, 2015, or the Duncan-area restaurant between Sept. 6 and Sept. 13, 2015, should receive post-exposure treatment for hepatitis A.
Post-exposure treatment is recommended for individuals if it can be administered less than two weeks from their date of consuming anything from the restaurants.
Following Saturday’s clinics, 1,109 individuals have currently received post-exposure treatment for Hepatitis A. The agency also has received 392 calls from the public through its hotline (1-800-868-0404), officials stated.