The Onondaga County Health Department (OCHD) has confirmed a new case of hepatitis A virus infection in a local restaurant worker. OCHD was notified on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 that an employee who handles food at PF Chang’s at Destiny USA was diagnosed with the hepatitis A virus. An investigation was immediately initiated.

Anyone who consumed food or drinks from the PF Chang’s restaurant at Destiny USA during the timeframe of Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2, 2020 was potentially exposed to the hepatitis A virus. These individuals should monitor themselves and their families for symptoms for 50 days after exposure. Symptoms may include: fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark-colored urine, clay-colored stools, joint pain, or jaundice. If symptoms develop, contact your healthcare provider and be sure to tell them that you may have been exposed to hepatitis A. Those who have been fully vaccinated against hepatitis A are protected.

In cases where individuals are within a 14-day window since exposure, a hepatitis A vaccine can help prevent illness. Although it is past 14 days from this potential exposure, OCHD continues to encourage hepatitis A vaccination for the general public to protect against contracting the illness from any source of exposure.  Hepatitis A vaccine is given in two doses, six months apart. Speak with your healthcare provider about getting vaccinated.

Hepatitis A:  Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Hepatitis A outbreaks. The Hepatitis A lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Hepatitis A and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $750 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Hepatitis A lawyers have litigated Hepatitis A cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of sources, such as green onions, lettuce and restaurant food.  The law firm has brought Hepatitis A lawsuits against such companies as Costco, Subway, McDonald’s, Red Robin, Chipotle, Quiznos and Carl’s Jr.  We proudly represented the family of Donald Rockwell, who died after consuming hepatitis A tainted food and Richard Miller, who required a liver transplant after eating food at a Chi-Chi’s restaurant.

If you or a family member became ill with a Hepatitis A infection after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Hepatitis A attorneys for a free case evaluation.