Health Dpt.: NYC restaurant reports Hep A case

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are urging customers of a popular New York City restaurant to get precautionary vaccinations after a food handler tested positive for Hepatitis A.

The city's Department of Health says Friday any patron of Alta in the city's West Village neighborhood who ate dessert between March 23 and April 2 should get a shot.

Officials estimate about 3,000 people may have visited Alta on the dates in question, with about 15 percent eating dessert.

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by a virus that is rarely fatal. It is spread by traces of fecal matter from an infected person.

No additional cases have yet been reported.

Officials say the restaurant has been cooperating fully with the investigation. An Alta manager Friday had no comment.

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