Schuyler County health officials have issued an alert letting people know if they dined at Seneca Harbor Station restaurant in Watkins Glen between June 11 and 21 they could have been exposed to hepatitis A.
Most people do not get sick when an employee at a restaurant has hepatitis A, but there is still a risk, health officials said. People who may have been exposed are urged to receive treatment to prevent infection.
Schuyler County Public Health is advising anyone who ate food at the restaurant between June 12 and June 21 to receive a free hepatitis A vaccine during one of the upcoming vaccine clinics.
Schuyler County Public Health will host free hepatitis A vaccination clinics from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. Friday.
All clinics are at the Schuyler County Human Services Complex, 323 Owego St. in Montour Falls.
The hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin is only effective within two weeks of exposure to the virus. Those who ate at the Seneca Harbor Station restaurant on June 11 may have been exposed but will not benefit from the hepatitis A vaccine.
Those people are encouraged to monitor themselves and their families for symptoms for 50 days after consuming the food.