- In the last two weeks five confirmed cases of Hepatitis A virus (HAV) have been reported to Napa County Public Health.
- Napa County Public Health is giving out this information because people may have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus and they need to watch their health for symptoms of Hepatitis A infection.
- Right now we don’t know the source of the Hepatitis A infections. Public health is working to find the source.
- The risk of getting Hepatitis A is low, but Public Health wants to be sure people have information to protect their health.
Who is at risk?
- People who ate food or drink at La Toque restaurant and BANK Café and Bar, which are both inThe Westin Verasa Napa Hotel, between Feb. 9 and Feb. 26, may have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus.
- They should watch for symptoms of Hepatitis A for 50 days after their visit.
- If they start having Hepatitis A symptoms they should call their healthcare immediately and tell them they may have exposed to Hepatitis in Napa
- Anyone experiencing Hepatitis A symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal discomfort
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored bowel movement
- Joint pain
- Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin)
Wash your hands to stop the spread of Hepatitis A
- Those possibly exposed should practice good hand washing habits after using the bathroom and prior to food preparation to avoid any further spread of illness.
- Hand washing should include vigorous soaping of the hands. All surfaces should be washed including the back of the hands, wrists, between fingers and under fingernails.
- Hands should then be thoroughly rinsed with running water.
How do you get Hepatitis A infections?
- Person to person contact
- Eating/drinking contaminated food or drink
What is Hepatitis A?
- Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.
- People infected with the Hepatitis A virus can spread it to others during the two weeks before they know they are sick and in the seven days after they develop symptoms. Signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A start on average 28 days after exposure, although they may occur 15-50 days after exposure.