According to the latest update regarding the Hepatitis A scare in Fayetteville, North Carolina:
The Cumberland County Public Health Department has administered almost 2,700 doses of Hepatitis A immunizations since Tuesday morning to individuals who may have been exposed through an employee at a local restaurant. By 3 p.m. Thursday, the department had given 570 shots during the clinic’s third day.
The rush to get vaccinations began on Monday when Cumberland County health officials announced that anyone who visited the Olive Garden, located on 234 North McPherson Church Road in Fayetteville, North Carolina anytime on July 25, 26, 28, 29, 31 and August 1, 2 and 8 may have been exposed to Hepatitis A through a restaurant employee who tested positive for the disease.
As reported by the Fayetteville Observer this afternoon, currently, only those who dined or worked at the restaurant on July 29 and 31, and Aug. 1, 2 and 8, are eligible for free shots at the Health Department’s Ramsey Street office, as the vaccine is effective only within 14 days of infection. Those who dined or worked at the Olive Garden prior to July 29 should watch for signs of the illness and contact a doctor if they get sick.
So far, the Olive Garden restaurant employee is the only confirmed case of Hepatitis that the health department is aware of.